Appel à communication : “Venice Biennale and the Arab world”, Venice Ca’ Foscari, 19-20 Octobre 2017 — LIMITE : 30/10/2016

In the last decades, the artistic scene of the Arab world has been characterised by an increasing dynamism. The establishment of galleries and museums of modern and contemporary art, the organization of courses at university level and the presence in the international art market of a growing number of artists from the Arab world are witnesses to this trend. Through the years, Venice and the Biennale have become engaged in promoting the art of the Arab world and in providing fertile ground for the growth of new theories and practices and the establishment of cultural exchanges. The presence of national pavilions from Arab countries at the Venice Biennale, however, is still limited, perhaps as a consequence of the deep political and economic crisis that some of them have been experiencing in recent times.

By taking into account this dichotomy, the aim of the conference is to bring into focus some of the key features of the Arab artistic scene both in the dynamic international context of the Venice Biennale and the academic world. This  2-day conference wants to investigate where contemporary art from the Arab world is heading to and the role played by Venice as a long-term showcase for the international art scene.

Placing the Biennale at centre-stage and taking the artworks and installations of artists from the Arab world as a source of inspiration, the purpose of the conference is to create an intellectual platform which would bring together academics, artists and professionals actively engaged in the field of Modern and Contemporary Art in the Arab world. The conference will take place in Venice, a city whose past has been deeply intertwined with the commercial and cultural history of the Arab world and whose present, and we believe  the future, still are and will be.
We welcome papers on topic related, but not limited to:
·         Collecting Arab art;
·         Critical analysis of artworks by a single artist and/or a group of artists;
·         Artistic movements in the Arab world;
·         Modern Art at the Biennale;
·         Art and politics, the impact and limitation of politics on art and vice versa;
·         Arab women artists and the international scene;
·         A glance to the artistic production of the neighbouring countries: Iran, Turkey and others;
·         Interrelations between the Arab artistic scene, Venice and the Biennale;
·         The future of Arab art at the Biennale and in the international scene
Abstracts for papers should be submitted by 30th October 2016 to the organisers (address below). Proposals should not exceed 300 words and should include the paper’s title. Please attach a CV with your proposal. Speakers at the conference will be given 20 minutes to present their papers with 10 minutes for discussion. Presenters will be informed of their acceptance by 30th November 2016.
Papers presented at the conference will be considered for inclusion in any subsequent publication.
The conference is promoted by the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Department of Asian and North African Studies, CEM (Centro Studi Medio Oriente Contemporaneo), with the Department of Humanities
Organisers: Cristina Tonghini, Roberta Marin
Scientific committe
Stefano Carboni (Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth), Tamara Chalabi (Ruya Foundation), Melanie Gibson (New College of the Humanities, London), Giuseppe Moscatello (Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah), Silvia Naef (University of Geneva), Stefania Portinari (Ca’ Foscari University, Venice), Nicola Stringa (Ca’ Foscari University, Venice)



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Perin Yavuz (2016, 19 septembre). Appel à communication : “Venice Biennale and the Arab world”, Venice Ca’ Foscari, 19-20 Octobre 2017 — LIMITE : 30/10/2016. ARVIMM. Consulté le 17 avril 2024, à l’adresse