Davies, Clare

Decolonizing Culture: Third World, Moroccan, and Arab Art in Souffles/Anfas, 1966-1972

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Artists affiliated with Souffles/Anfas (1966-1972), a literary journal founded in Morocco, identified themselves as “Third World” and “Arab” artists. This paper examines, for the first time, a logic of art-making situated at this junction, and traces its relevance within the framework of the General Union of Arab Plastic Artists established in 1971.

Clare Davies received a PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University in 2014 for a dissertation entitled “Modern Egyptian Art: Site, Commodity, Archive, 1891-1948”. She is the recipient of the inaugural Irmgard Coninx Prize in Transregional Studies 2014/2015, Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin. In Fall 2015, she will join the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York as Assistant Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey.

DOI: 10.25360/01-2017-00004
ISSN (Print) 2364-8945
ISSN (Online) 2364-8953

In a slighty different version, Davies’ essay has also been published in Annett Busch and Anselm Franke, After Year Zero. Geographies of Collaboration, co-produced by the Museum of Modern Art Warsaw and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, p. 84-109.

Image Source (teaser image): Mohammed Melehi, Untitled [calligraphie/affice congrès], Souffles, 9, 1968, 29. Source: Digitized archive of the Bibliothèque Royaume du Maroc.

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