We Are Sick, But We Are Alive
Haig Aivazian's first solo exhibition in Beirut, <i>I am Sick but I am Alive </i>(<i>Hastayim Yasiyorum</i>) drew on the artist's research into the historical and contemporary manifestations of modal 'Oriental' music in Turkey. Focusing on the legacy of Turkish-Armenian oud master Udi Hrant Kenkulian (1901–1978), Aivazian presented drawing, film, and...
How has a globalised cultural economy affected the production of contemporary visual culture in North Africa and the Middle East?
A new book has surfaced on the shelves of Lebanese and possibly Arab bookstores. The title reads: <em>Pure Nostalgia</em>. <em>As in Exclusive Nostalgia, as in free from this contaminated present</em>. The emergence of this publication is perhaps symptomatic of something larger than a trivial nostalgia quenched by the collected photographs...
What do we need to know about the MENA region today?
Sitting in the sweltering sun of Sharjah on a large rolled carpet on the open esplanade facing the museum, I express to an acquaintance, my uneasiness and inability to respond to the question. <em>We need</em> <em>MENA </em>(I had continually mistaken it for MENASA, unconsciously adding yet another region to the...