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Art’s Islamic Influence

The wide influence of Islamic traditions on contemporary art can be gleaned from the fact that the third edition of …

Egypt’s Cultural Decentralization

One of the most significant changes to Egypt’s cultural scene post-2011 revolution is the growing consensus among cultural institutions and …

Unwitting Ambassadors

Recently, while attending a conference in New York focused on art and social change, an Egyptian artist remarked: “We have …

I, the Artist and the Syrian

Tammam Azzam doesn’t claim to be a representative of the Syrian people, but neither does he want to be treated …

No Time for the Olive Branch

In her words, Palestinian artist and academic Samia Halaby has the defiance of the Palestinian writers Ghassan Kanafani and Mahmud …

The Messenger

Abdulnasser Gharem is the highest-selling artist in the Arab world. Let us get that out of the way, because as …

Between Politics and Poetics

The 55th Venice Bienniale saw an increased participation from Arab pavilions, with Gulf States such as Kuwait and Bahrain showing …