• Sophia Al Maria, Between Distant Bodies, 2013, still from video installation on 2 cubo-glass TVs. Courtesy the Artist and The Third Line

    Sophia Al Maria, Between Distant Bodies, 2013, still from video installation on 2 cubo-glass TVs. Courtesy the Artist and The Third Line

This intensive three day course looks at the artistic traditions, institutions, networks and ideas that have framed a generation of artists and redefined the international art world.

While addressing local histories of the region, we look at ideas of faith, displacement and myth through the work of key artist figures such as Etel Adnan, Mona Hatoum and Wael Shawky among others. We discuss the aesthetics of conflict and the contested space of art in politics, learn about Middle Eastern patronage and cultural infrastructure and in turn public perception, art markets and beyond.

Chaired by Omar Kholeif, Curator, Whitechapel Gallery, we will joined by expert guest speakers including: Daniella Rose King (writer, curator), Maryam Eisler (philanthropist), Dr Anthony Downey (Director, Contemporary Art,  Sotheby’s Institute of Art, and Editor in Chief, Ibraaz), Aaron Cezar (Director, Delfina Foundation), Venetia Porter (Curator, British Museum) and Ben Rawlingson-Plant (Partner, Brunswick Arts) among many others, for a rich programme of informative discussion and lively debate to enable an understanding of one of the world’s richest and most historic art scenes.

Date & time: Thursday 26–Saturday 28 February 2015
Cost: £599

Lunch and refreshments included.

More information

T: +44 (0)20 7522 7888+

E: courses@whitechapelgallery.org

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