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Book Launch & Discussion

19/05/18 4:00 pm

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Join us for the launch of this new publication on the personal archives and library of Egyptian Modernist painter Hamed Abdalla. The launch accompanies ARABÉCÉDAIRE, the exhibition of Abdalla’s work now showing at The Mosaic Rooms. The publication from Zamân Books reflects on the artist’s journeys and influences, it brings to light a vast and rich body of material collected by Abdalla, which guided his painting practice. This publication reveals the artist’s place in transnational modern art history.

Morad Montazami, curator of the exhibition and director of Zamân Books, will be in discussion with the authors of the publication Kristine Khouri and Clare Davies.


About the speakers: 

Kristine Khouri is an independent researcher and writer whose research interests focus on the history of arts circulation and infrastructure in the Arab world and archival practices and dissemination. Together with Rasha Salti, she is a co-founder of the History of Arab Modernities in the Visual Arts Study Group, a research platform focused around the social history of art in the Arab world. Their current work is focused on the history of the International Art Exhibition in Solidarity with Palestine that opened in Beirut in 1978 and transformed into the archival and documentary exhibition, Past Disquiet: Narratives and Ghosts of the International Art Exhibition for Palestine,1978 shown at the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (2015), and at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2016), forthcoming at the Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende, Santiago, Sursock Museum, Beirut. She also curated The Founding Years (1969 – 1973): A Selection of Works from the Sultan Gallery Archives at the Sultan Gallery, Kuwait (2012). She is a member of the Arab Image Foundation, Beirut.

Clare Davies is Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey, at The Metropolitan Museum, New York. She has contributed to a wide range of research, programming, and archival projects related to art and photography in the Middle East since serving as associate curator of the Townhouse Gallery in Cairo between 2004 and 2006. She completed her doctoral dissertation on Egyptian modern art at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, and was subsequently awarded the inaugural Irmgard Coninx Prize Fellowship at the Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin. She is the co-author of Robert Morris, Object Sculpture: 1960–65 (Yale UP, 2014) and has published regularly on contemporary art from the Arab world.

Morad Montazami is an art historian and curator. His research interests are cosmopolitan modernisms and histories of the avant-garde between trans-Arab, Iranian and Mediterranean zones. He has published essays on Farid Belkahia, Bahman Mohassess, Behjat Sadr, Mohamed Melehi, Mehdi Moutashar, Latif Al Ani, among others. He curated the exhibitions Bagdad Mon Amour at Institut des cultures d’Islam, Paris, opening March 2018, Fugitive Volumes and Faouzi Laatiris: Catalogue déraisonné at the Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rabat (2016) and co-curated the exhibition Unedited History: Iran 1960-2014 at Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris and MAXXI, Rome (2014). He is the director of Zaman Books Publishing and its related journal Zamân. Montazami is currently working as a research curator at Tate Modern, London.

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