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Constructing Musical Authenticity: History, Cultural Memory, Emotion – al-Matla’

Winter 2007 | ArteZine

  With my research proposal in one hand and oud in the other, I felt that I was prepared for fieldwork in Syria. What I was not prepared for was a common response to my stated research interests in Arab music: Is there even such a thing as “Arab music”? While many Syrians expressed surprise […]

Interview with Ismael Sheikh Hassan

Spring 2010 | ArteZine

The taxi driver and myself were circling around the deserted international fairgrounds in Tripoli, lost, in spite of instructions from Ismael Sheikh Hassan, a volunteer coordinating various initiatives within the Nahr el-Bared Reconstruction Commission for Civil Action and Studies (or the NBRC). The NBRC was housed in the UNRWA’s offices, at the back edge of […]

Spatial Erasure: Reconstruction Projects in Beirut

Spring 2010 | ArteZine

Often associated with processes of healing, postwar re-construction projects may be less related to the pre-destruction phase than to the actual act of destruction. This, at least, is what the Lebanese case suggests. In this essay, we argue that the spatial erasure initiated by war destruction is consolidated during postwar reconstruction. We developed this argument by […]

Extra-Territorial Experience: Difference, Global Circuits, Amateurs and the Ethic of Design

Summer 2010 | ArteZine

In an observation about the city of London – as part of the ‘Urban Age’ initiative, the sociologist, writer and academic Richard Sennett noted that: We need to better understand how to legitimise certain forms of conflict. We can only assume that we have the ability to resolve conflict, to get rid of conflict as […]

Featured Artist: Abbas Akhavan

Winter 2012 | Gallery

This edition of the gallery examines the works of artist Abbas Akhavan from various critical perspectives that delineate between capitalist processes of production and social interventions while examining the role of architecture and space in shaping an artwork’s impact on audiences. Dina Ibrahim’s essay departs from where the previous virtual gallery landed – the use […]

Value Added

Winter 2012 | Gallery

How much did it cost? What’s it worth? Ah the familiar prods we proffer and are asked everyday about the value of things. True, this is just one measure of value – the monetary one, the one we write with numbers not letters, in a myriad of currencies convertible on xe.com. By adding a single […]

Architecture and De-measurement in Abbas Akhavan’s Work
Architecture and De-measurement in Abbas Akhavan’s Work

Winter 2012 | Gallery

It is innocuous to assume that Abbas Akhavan’s process of art making directly implicates the space of the exhibition. However, as much as it is redolent that the architectural materials, including the gallery wall or the room’s physical interior, often constitute the very medium of his work, it is somewhat misleading to explain Akhavan’s use […]

Architecture and Performativity
Architecture and Performativity

Winter 2012 | Gallery

  Abbas Akhavan’s works enact broader social conditions while simultaneously expanding the purview for actions indexed by the architecture of the piece. His site-specific installations and videos delve into the social realm to produce or recreate meaning, and in a larger sense reality. From this perspective, the dynamic and performative aspect of his work operates […]

About the Artist

Winter 2012 | Gallery

‘Study for a Garden’ (2012) A site-specific installation at the Delfina Foundation,London, UK. Born in Tehran, Abbas Akhavan currently lives and works in Toronto. His practice ranges from site-specific ephemeral installations to drawing, video and performance. For the past five years, the domestic sphere has been an ongoing area of research in Akhavan’s work. Earlier […]

The Residency Handbook

Winter 2012 | ArteZine

This resource manual offers readers a brief overview of online platforms and print sources relevant to understanding residencies and the social, cultural and political contexts in which they function. International conferences and symposia have assembled to tighten networks of institutions, and web-based platforms have started to disseminate audio and video recordings as well as written reflections […]

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