To accompany the exhibition Subversion
which explores and rethinks Arab identity, Cornerhouse are presenting a focused symposium - The New Arab: Art and Culture from the 'imagined' Arab World
This focused symposium grants a rare opportunity to hear from global experts on the arts and culture of the Arabic world who will explore recent developments in the regionís contemporary art scene. Using Subversion
as a starting point, guests and speakers are invited to consider parallels between politics, history and representation in both the mass media and within a dissenting visual culture. Through lively debate, performance, and a series of provocations, we aim to consider artís inherent power to mould, subvert and provoke a cultural dialogue.
Chaired by Omar Kholeif, curator of Subversion.
11am/ New Modernities for Visual Arts and Culture in the Arab World
Malu Halasa is a founding editor of Tank Magazine, and Portal 9
journal of art, literature and the city. She will be joined by Hanan Toukan (PhD, SOAS) who will discuss the notion of the subversive in contemporary cultural production from Lebanon and how the term is appropriated in the art world.
12.30 Ė 1.30pm
Break for lunch (not provided in ticket cost)
1.30pm/ The Imagined
Internationally renowned artist Judith Barry who recently completed a decade-long project entitled ÖCairo stories
, will lead a discussion that considers post-colonial approaches to art from the Arab world. Judith Barry will be joined in conversation by Professor Jean Fisher, one of the leading international figures of post-colonial theory and criticism in relation to the visual arts, who makes a rare appearance in Manchester.
2.30pm/ Writing and Re-writing Histories
Eyad Houssami and Marwa Arsanios will seek to subvert expectations as they assess what is thought to be known about this region of the globe compared to what is actually experienced by the citizens themselves.
3.30pm/ Performance Lecture by Sherif El Azma
Manchester born, Egyptian-based video and performance artist Sherif el-Azma presents a lecture drawing upon a reservoir of personal memories and free associations, exploring the mega city of Cairo through psycho geographical investigation.
£8 full/ £6 concs
To book tickets phone 0161 200 1500 or book on-line on the Cornerhouse website