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Figuration and the Body

Summer 2012 | ArteZine

Dina Ibrahim: Generally speaking, contemporary art has deemed figuration obsolete in representing such abstract notions as identity and sexuality, yet your work manages to seamlessly integrate the two to rather confronting yet highly aesthetic effects. Why figuration (and precisely the human figure)? And what role does it play in your overall oeuvre? Hayv Kahramian: I’ve […]

Stories for the Disembodied: Artists in Conversation

Summer 2012 | ArteZine

In the spring of 2006 I had a residency that allowed me access to studio space—a precious commodity in New York City. The long trek from my Brooklyn apartment to the studio, which was on the western-most edge of Chelsea, brought me past the Bridge Gallery, a temporary space designed to house the New York […]

Being There

Summer 2012 | ArteZine

On Friday, September 23rd 2011, Wafaa Bilal’s A Call was performed in Aaran Gallery, Tehran, and live-streamed on the walls of White Box, New York. The work—which included over eighty Iranian performers, an empty swimming pool, and five cameras—was an embodied memorial to the dead, the living, and the forgotten of the Iran-Iraq War (1980-88). […]

Featured Artist Collective: Slavs and Tatars

Spring 2012 | ArteZine

Featured Artist Collective: Slavs and Tatars Slavs and Tatars Nations (2009) In this gallery, which features artist collective Slavs and Tatars, we look closely at the works’ capacity to embody or enact reality by developing notions of performativity in language and text-based artwork. This edition of the ArteEast Gallery follows the Winter 2012 theme which […]

Singular Lives, Strange Poems

Summer 2012 | ArteZine

Working primarily with images and video, artist Bouchra Khalili creates installation pieces which take on issues of individual subjectivity in relation to a geographic context. Her work opens up narratives onto the flat topography of maps. Placed in the context of the gallery, the works invite the viewer to engage with these projected spaces through […]

Sulfur in the Morning… Reflections on Occupying the American Art Curriculum

Summer 2012 | ArteZine

1. Memoir(s) At this moment, the only desert storms I can recall are blowing through my heart. So I find that the more I analyze, understand and narrate them as a writer, and perform them solo or with groups as a social choreographer, the more I gather mastery of the wind and determine its direction. […]

Interview with Slavs and Tatars

Summer 2012 | ArteZine

Excerpt from an interview by Ingrid Chu first published in fillip #8, 2008 (Full interview accessible here). The interview coincides with the Pantheon of Broken Men and Women, a special poster insert by Slavs and Tatars that took place over e-mail exchange after a preliminary discussion on Friday, January 24, 2008 between the author and members of the […]

Excerpts from Sahar Mandour’s 32

Summer 2012 | ArteZine

The Summer 2012 launch of Shahadat is part of ArtEast’s Exploring Literature in Translation Series and features two translated excerpts of Sahar Mandour’s novel 32. Sahar Mandour is a highly acclaimed Lebanese novelist and both her novels, 32 and Hobb Beiruti, have received positive critical reviews internationally. In each of these excerpts, Rayya Badran has […]

Ambivalent Nostalgias

Fall 2007 | ArteZine

Guest Editor: Christa Salamandra   Nostalgia permeates literary and expressive culture in the Arab world. Exile, loss, defeat, rupture find expression in a variety of cultural forms, in song, prose and poetry, on the big and small screen, and in restaurants and cafés. Nostalgia reflects all the paradoxes and contradictions of Arab modernity. It appears […]

Nostalgia in Contemporary Moroccan Poetry

Fall 2007 | ArteZine

Modernity is often associated with industrialism, technology and the loss of pastoral ways of life. Nostalgia is the sentiment that modernity yields—a structure of feeling characterized by a mourning for the authentic. Serematakis tells us that the word nostalgia comes from the Greek nostalghia, a composite word that corresponds to “a desire or longing with […]

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