Writing Histories of Now: Modern and Contemporary Middle East Art and Architecture

Art Histories - EUME Workshop

Writing Histories of Now: Modern and Contemporary Middle East Art and Architecture
Berlin, July 6-7
Forum Transregionale Studien, Wallotstr. 14, 14193 Berlin / Department of Art and Visual History (IKB), Humboldt University, Georgenstrasse 47, 10117 Berlin


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Convened by
Clare Phyllis Davies (Irmgard Coninx Prize Fellow of the Forum Transregionale Studien 2014-15)
Mohamed Elshahed (Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices Fellow 2014-15)


Abstract
A major shift is underway internationally with regards to the place of so-called modern and contemporary art of the Middle East within the museum, the academy and the art market. At the same time, increasing numbers of independent and (post-)graduate-level research projects focused on twentieth-century artistic and architectural practices in the region are redefining the field: linking histories of the modern to both the “pre-modern” and the “contemporary” and questioning the geopolitical, ethnic, or religious frames of reference with which they are variously associated.

This workshop brings together eighteen researchers from a wide variety of positions related to the study of modern and contemporary art and architecture in the Middle East and beyond. Two intensive laboratory sessions will allow for the sharing of research agendas, discussions addressing terminologies, existing narratives, institutional frameworks and the evolving interests in artistic practice from the region. These sessions are bookended by two events mapping the field of current research for a broader audience.

This workshop intends to inaugurate a series of conversations that will foster collective, critical, and sustained reflection on the state of the field and the place of the researchers within it. 

The workshop is arranged in the framework of “Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices” and “Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe (EUME)”, two research programs at the Forum Transregaionale Studien, and in cooperation with the Kunsthistorisches Institut Florenz and the Department of Art and Visual History (IKB), Humboldt University of Berlin.

Schedule:

Monday, 6 July, 15:30 - 20:00
Venue: Forum Transregionale Studien, Wallotstraße 14

Modern and Contemporary Middle East Art and Architecture
Mapping the Field
    

Welcoming remarks:
Hannah Baader and Georges Khalil Clare Davies and Mohamed Elshahed

Between Lands? Some reflections on the Mediterranean as an open discourse-scape for modern and contemporary aesthetic practices in the Middle East.
Eva-Maria Troelenberg, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz

17:00
Mapping the Field

Presentations by Sabih Ahmed, Michael Allan, Amin Alsaden, Saleem El Bahloly, Omar Berrada, Ralph Bodenstein, Clare Davies, Chad Elias, Mohamed Elshahed, Layal Ftouni, Atreyee Gupta, Laura Hindelang, Kristine Khouri, Morad Montazami, Sultan Sooud al-Qassemi, Combiz Mousavi-Aghdam, Hanan Toukan

Tuesday, 7 July   9:30 - 20:00
Location: 
Department of Art and Visual History (IKB), Humboldt University, Georgenstrasse 47, Room 3.16

9:30-9:45 
Welcoming remarks, 
Charlotte Klonk, Department of Art and Visual History (IKB), Humboldt University

10:00-12:30                        
Session 1: The Field
 
(RSVP required for attendance by non-participants)

Chairs: Mohamed Elshahed and Atreyee Gupta 
In this session we will discuss methodological shifts in current scholarship, terminologies, sources and disciplinary limits.

14:00-16:30                             
Session 2: Market, Museum and Conflict
 
(RSVP required for attendance by non-participants)

Chairs: Clare Davies and Chad Elias
In this session we will discuss the backdrop against which emerging scholarship is being written: the volatile political context of the Middle East, institutional developments such as new museum departments for modern and contemporary “Arab” art, and the fast evolving art market.

18:00–20:00                           

Writing Histories of Now, Modern and Contemporary Middle East Art and Architecture: A Conversation.

Venue: Department of Art and Visual History (IKB), Humboldt University, Georgenstr. 47, Room 0.12

Welcoming remarks
Hannah Baader and Georges Khalil 

Why now? Writing art history in the Middle East today.
Clare Davies and Mohamed Elshahed

Mapping the Field.
Main questions and themes raised in the laboratory sessions

Michael Allan, University of Oregon

Collecting practices and museum infrastructure in the Middle East
Sultan Sooud al-Qassemi, Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah

Discussion