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Queer-y-ing Arab Queerness panel discussion with apex art

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Join us Saturday, May 8 at 2 PM EDT for the online panel discussion Queer-y-ing Arab Queerness

in partnership with apexart

To Register:

Image: apexart installation view with Jamil Hellu’s Rider I, 2016, Digital pigment print.


Dr. Andrew Gayed is an Egyptian-Canadian art historian and researcher interested in Middle Eastern contemporary art, queer theory, identity politics, and migration/diaspora studies. As a Visiting Scholar at NYU’s Centre for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, Gayed is currently working with Dr. Gayatri Gopinath on researching the artistic practices of the queer diaspora. Gayed holds a PhD in Art History and Visual Culture from York University where he was awarded the Provost Dissertation Award, and holds an M.A. in Art History, and a B.F.A. in Visual Arts.

Jamil Hellu is a visual artist whose work focuses on themes of identity representation and cultural heritage, addressing intersections between race, gender, and sexuality. Navigating from a personal lens, his practice weaves together photographic imagery, video, and installation to amplify queer histories and challenge the social construct of masculinity. Hellu is represented by Rebecca Camacho Presents in San Francisco and is a Photography Lecturer in the Department of Art & Art History at Stanford University. His projects have been discussed in publications such as The New York Times, The Guardian, The Advocate, and VICE.

Lara Nasser is a multidisciplinary artist from Lebanon. Nasser completed an MFA at the Pratt Institute in 2015. Since then he work has been included in international exhibitions at Beirut Contemporary Art Fair; Galerie Nikki Diana Marquardt, Paris; Takt Kunstprojecteraum, Berlin; Theodore:Art, New York; and the Condo Art Fair 2019, Athens; among many others. In 2018, she had her first solo show at Meredith Rosen Gallery, NY and had a second solo with the gallery in October of 2020. Nasser lives and works in Brooklyn.

Moderated by curator the Earl of Bushwick.

The Earl of Bushwick is a playful artistic persona. As a non-binary queer Arab and immigrant, they are concerned with ideas of the Queer, the Other, and issues of not belonging, especially as it applies to art and class. Through their fluid night practice, they share and create safe spaces for identities and artists who do not fit or belong, as the Earl themselves spends their days operating as an orthopedic surgeon. Their home in Brooklyn, dubbed The Earl’s Court (2015), is a long-running safe space and art project. They performed Bushwick Burqa at the Armory Show, (New York, 2012 and 2013); presented Rent a Burqa at Bushwick Open Studios (Brooklyn, 2013); and they previously exhibited at the National Arts Club, New York (2019). The Earl of Bushwick also curated We are not artists (2017), and Red Black and Nude (2018).

This program is part of apexart’s exhibition Queer-y-ing the Arab, on view at apexart and online through May 15.