Future Imperfect: Contemporary Art Practices and Cultural Institutions in the Middle East
London book launch
Ibraaz celebrated the launch of Future Imperfect: Contemporary Art Practices and Cultural Institutions in the Middle East on Wednesday 22 February at Delfina Foundation, London. In an introduction to Future Imperfect, volume 03 in the Contemporary Visual Culture in the Middle East series, the editor Anthony Downey thanked the many contributors and the Kamel Lazaar Foundation, who made the book possible.
Future Imperfect: Contemporary Art Practices and Cultural Institutions in the Middle East critically examines the role played by cultural institutions in producing present-day and future contexts for the production, dissemination and reception of contemporary art in the Middle East and North Africa. It offers critical contexts for a discussion that has become increasingly urgent in recent years - the role of culture in a time of conflict and globalization - and an in-depth critique of the historical state of cultural institutions in an age of political upheaval, social unrest, exuberant cultural activity, ascendant neoliberal forms of privatization, social activism, and regional uncertainty.
Watch Al-Majalla's video coverage of the launch here.
For more information, see the Ibraaz publications page.
Read the introduction to Future Imperfect, by Anthony Downey, here.