Event Review: Critique, Dissent, and Solidarity--the Politics of Modern Middle Eastern Art

Author
Asma Elgamal
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Harvard Journal of Middle Eastern Politics and Policy
Volume
8
Issue Number
0
Publication Date
2019
Institution
The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University
Abstract
Described as one of the “greatest fusers of politics and art,” Sultan Sooud al-Qassemi has spent much of his life studying – and talking about – Arab art. Between founding the Barjeel Art Foundation, an Emirati-based initiative that collects and preserves Arab art, to live-tweeting the events of the Arab-spring to millions of Twitter users, al-Qassemi has a reputation for breaking silence on topics most members of an Arab royal family would be reluctant to touch. On February 7th, at an event hosted by the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Security, al-Qassemi gave a talk entitled “Politics of Modern Middle Eastern Art” in which he explored the greatest hits of modern political Arab art.
Topic
Politics, History, Arts, Culture
Political Geography
Middle East, Gulf Nations