Where to Now? Shifting Regional Dynamics and Cultural Production in North Africa and the Middle East
There is never a neutral position for critique, but there certainly ought to be the practice of critique. And that is precisely the element that is missing in top-down formation of the art scene in West Asia and North Africa, and perhaps in the rest of the non-western art scene.
Shedding our enduring Orientalist fears and phobia, I believe that we must come to terms with the fact that ordinary people in MENA are as (post)modern as we are. They have always been. In their campaign for the presidential candidate Mir Hosayn Musavi in June 2009, the masses ...