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Platform for discussion 009

What are the genealogies of performance art in North Africa and the Middle East?


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'The following considerations on performance as an artistic medium in the region of North Africa and Middle East refer to more general problems that relate to the art form's status as an institutionalized aesthetic practice...'

28 May 2015
Hassan Darsi

For Ibraaz Platform 009, Hassan Darsi presents a photo essay.

28 May 2015
Nezakat Ekici

'To avoid misunderstanding, I write from the perspective of Turkey, because I can't really speak for North Africa nor for the Middle East in general...'

28 May 2015
Lawrence Abu Hamdan

'Do not pollute others' hearing with shameful sounds...'

28 May 2015
Joe Namy

'A few notes on the difference between performance art and mayonnaise...'

28 May 2015
Farah Khelil

'Mixed Media I (2009) is a list of 50 pages of technical descriptions of contemporary art pieces. The list, made up of automatic extractions of data about techniques used in contemporary art practices, is a multi-format, translatable database...'

28 May 2015
Adel Abidin

Adel Abidin presents Subway Scene (2015).

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What is a platform?

A platform is a space for speaking in public. It is an opportunity to express ideas and thoughts. It also suggests the formal declaration of a stance or position on any given subject.

Unique to Ibraaz is a 'platform', a question put to writers, thinkers and artists about an issue relevant to the MENA region. This platform is sent to respondents both within and beyond the MENA region and contributions will be archived every 12 months.

Ibraaz platforms

Platform for discussion 010

Where to Now? Shifting Regional Dynamics and Cultural Production in North Africa and the Middle East


Platform for discussion 008

How do we productively map the historical and contemporary relationships that exist between North Africa, the Middle East and the Global South?


Platform for discussion 007

What is the future of arts infrastructures and audiences across North Africa and the Middle East?


Platform for discussion 006

What role can the archive play in developing and sustaining a critical and culturally located art history?


Platform for discussion 005

How has a globalised cultural economy affected the production of contemporary visual culture in North Africa and the Middle East?


Platform for discussion 004

With the benefit of hindsight, what role does new media play in artistic practices, activism, and as an agent for social change in the Middle East and North Africa today?


Platform for discussion 003

Can Artistic Practices Negotiate the Demands of Cultural Institutions, Public Space, and Civil Society?


Platform for discussion 002

What relationship does visual culture have to the world we live in?


Platform for discussion 001

What do we need to know about the MENA region today?