Tracing An Imperfect Chronology

The Barjeel Art Foundation Collection

  • GCC Collective, Micro Council, 2013, Wood, brass, acrylic glass, glass web

    GCC Collective, Micro Council, 2013, Image courtesy of Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler. Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah

Past Event

This event was on Sat 22 Oct, 11.30am-6pm

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 FaddaHannah 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 SubjectivityDina Ramadan, Professor of Arabic, Bard College

12:30    Telling Time TerriblyHannah Feldman, Professor Northwestern University

13:00    Panel discussion with Dina Ramadan and Hannah Feldman chaired by Omar Kholeif

13.30    Break

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 SocietyIftikhar Dadi, Associate Professor, Cornell University, Department of History of Art and Visual Studies

15.50    Audience Q&A

16.00    Break

16:15    Archival Practice by Contemporary Artists in the Middle EastKaelen Wilson-Goldie, writer, American University of Beirut

16:45   Semantics of Living Art / Marrakech Biennale as Case StudyReem 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

18:00    End



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