Midad: The Public and Intimate Lives of Arabic Calligraphy at Dar El-Nimer
<i>Midad: The Public and Intimate Lives of Arabic Calligraphy</i> considers the role of calligraphy as a foundational art form from within (and beyond) the central Arabo-Islamic region, to explore its political, private, devotional and poetic uses in multiple contexts.' Here, <em>Ibraaz </em>Contributing Editor Reema Salha Fadda reviews the exhibition, the...
Creating Intimacies: On the Spring Sessions Programme in Amman
Spring Sessions is an annual three-month art residency programme in Amman that was founded four years ago with a clear goal in mind: to address the absence of critical and experiential art education in Jordan. The programme brings together international artists, to host participatory workshops and collaborative sessions with young...
History in Play
Walid Raad's artistic intervention, titled Section <i>39_Index XXXVII: Traboulsi</i>, created as part of Asia Art Archive's (AAA) <i>15 Invitations</i> imagined a fictive artistic collaboration between Hong Kong based artist Ha Bik Chuen and Suha Traboulsi (a fictional Lebanese art historical figure). In this conversation between Hammad Nasar, former Head of...
Reema Salha Fadda reports from Art Dubai's Global Art Forum 10, positioned under the title 'The Future Was', a speculative arena for thinking about the future from different vantage points: past and present, abstract and concrete. Ultimately though, Fadda asks the question of whether '...the spectre of sponsorship, and the...
Jerusalem Show VII: Report
In this report of the seventh iteration of The Jerusalem Show, entitled <em>Fractures</em>, Reema Salha Fadda and Nour K Sacranie examine the complex questions thrown up in participating in the exhibition, either as artists or spectators, and explore the notion of accessibility to culture in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
The Future of Art in the Age of Militarized De-Production
The culture of violence imposed by Israeli militarism disrupts and constrains creative practices in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). Israel's recent war of aggression against Palestinians in Gaza, which began in early July 2014, serves as a brutal reminder that Israel is in full control of accelerating the future of...