This discussion coincides with the exhibition Imperfect Chronology – Mapping the Contemporary II (23 August 2016 – 8 January 2017), the culmination of a four part project drawn from the Barjeel Art Foundation Collection and displayed at the Whitechapel Gallery over the past year.
From the concept of an ‘Imperfect Chronology’ to the debate on Modernism’s alternative histories and how they have shaped contemporary artistic practice in the Arab world, the event unpacks definitions of ‘Arab art’, considering its diasporic and multiple identities.
How to map art through an expanded concept of territory? How to address the relationship between representation and abstraction, between tradition and the contemporary?
Convened by Barjeel Art Foundation founder Sultan Al Qassemi andImperfect Chronology curator Omar Kholeif, speakers include collector Ramzi Dalloul, curator Reem Fadda, Hannah Feldman,Professor Northwestern University, Dina Ramadan, Assistant Professor at Bard College, and writer Kaelen Wilson-Goldie.
Supported by the Barjeel Art Foundation.
11.30 Introduction by Sofia Victorino, Daskalopoulos Head of Education and Public Programmes, Whitechapel Gallery
11:40 Notes Towards an Imperfect Chronology, Omar Kholeif, Manilow Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
12:00 Modernity and Artistic Subjectivity, Dina Ramadan, Professor of Arabic, Bard College
12:30 Telling Time Terribly, Hannah Feldman, Professor Northwestern University
13:00 Panel discussion with Dina Ramadan and Hannah Feldman chaired by Omar Kholeif
14.30 Collecting Art from the Arab world, with collector Ramzi Dalloul in conversation with Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi, scholar, columnist, founder of Barjeel Art Foundation
15.20 Between the Arab world and South Asia: Culture, Mobility and Society, Iftikhar Dadi, Associate Professor, Cornell University, Department of History of Art and Visual Studies
15.50 Audience Q&A
16:15 Archival Practice by Contemporary Artists in the Middle East, Kaelen Wilson-Goldie, writer, American University of Beirut
16:45 Semantics of Living Art / Marrakech Biennale as Case Study, Reem Fadda, former Associate Curator of Middle Eastern Art for the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Project
17:15 Discussion with Reem Fadda and Kaelen Wilson-Goldie chaired by Omar Kholeif. Followed by Q&A