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Contemporary Art in the Middle East

New book of Black Dog Publishing. Edited by Paul Sloman
Aug 2009

As the first book in a new series called Artworld, which considers under-exposed art scenes, Black Dog Publishing presents: Contemporary Art in the Middle East.

Showcasing dynamic and provocative art coming out of the region, Contemporary Art in the Middle East aims to shatter common stereotypes and to present a new way of looking at one of the most complex and misunderstood areas of the world today. Artists from opposite ends of the spectrum come together in a vivid confrontation of diverse styles across boundaries; from the brash pop art of Shirin Aliabadi to the restrained calligraphic minimalism of Golnaz Fathi; from the provocative conceptualism of Mona Hatoum to the vibrant installations of Farhad Moshiri; from the slick beauty of Youssef Nabil to the edgy realism of Afshin Dehkordi.

Contemporary Art in the Middle East intends to provide a new way of understanding the Middle East outside the headlines and through the engaging medium of art.

Table of Contents

Essays: Contemporary Art in the Middle East. By Nat Muller / Minding The Gap: Migration, Diaspora, Exile And Return In Women's Visual Media. By Lindsey Moore / Desire in Diaspora. By TJ Demos / The Documentary Turn: Surpassing Tradition in the Work of Walid Raad and Akram Zaatari. By Suzanne Cotter

Artists: Shirin Aliabadi, Youssef Nabil, Osama Esid, Laila Muraywid, Khosrow Hassanzadeh, Afshan Ketabchi, Shirin Neshat, Lalla Essaydi, Annabel Daou, Nja Mahdaoui, Monir Farmanfarmaian, Parviz Tanavoli, Maliheh Afnan, Golnaz Fathi, Neda Dana Haeri, Ahlam Lemseffer, Wijdan Ali, Ghada Amer, Fereydoun Ave, Ayad Alkadhi, Sara Rahbar, Laila Shawa, Farhad Moshiri, Shadi Ghadirian, Mona Hatoum, Babak Radboy, Arwa Abouon, Barbad Golshiri, Mounir Fatmi, Marwan Rechmaoui, Yto Barrada, Hassan Darsi, Afshin Dehkordi, Hrair Sarkissian, Yehudit Sasportas, Dani Karavan, Lida Abdul, Hilda Hiary, Amal Kenawy, Doa Aly, Mohammed Al Shammarey, Faisal Samra, Shirana Shahbazi, Haleh Anvari, Tarek Al Ghoussein

Appendix: An Introduction To Orientalism / Imaginative Geography and its Representations: Orientalizing The Oriental. By Edward W Said / Orientalism: Critical Engagements. By Zachary Lockman / Interviews: Negar Azimi, Rose Issa, Andrew Renton, Wijdan Ali, Savita Apte, John Martin, Gerhard Haupt and Pat Binder / Contributors / Artist Biographies / Bibliography / Index / Acknowledgements


(From a press release)

Contemporary Art in the Middle East

June 2009
240 pages
300 b/w and colour ills.
28.0 x 23.0 cm

978 1 906155 56 8

Black Dog Publishing Ltd

10a Acton Str.
United Kingdom

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