View From the Inside: Contemporary Arab Photography, Video and Mixed Media Art

von Roques, Karin Adrian; Mohdad, Samer; Sui, Claude W.; Khazindar, Mona

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Synopsis: View From Inside is an expansive presentation of contemporary Arab photography, video, and mixed media art from the Middle East and North Africa. The book shows the works of 49 leading Arab artists from 13 different countries. The works reflect the emergence of photographic, video and digital art as important forms of creative visual expression in the Arab world since the 1990s. The artworks address a broad range of issues that the artists themselves have defined as important to the modern Arab experience.

Four texts cover the early appearance of photography in the Middle East and North Africa in the mid-nineteenth century through photography's evolution as an integral part of the contemporary Arab art world:

The author of the lead essay on contemporary photographic art is the pioneering curator and expert on classical Islamic art and contemporary Arab art, Karin Adrian von Roques. Ms. von Roques has worked in the Middle East for more than twenty years, bringing important contemporary Arab art to museum audiences in Europe, Asia and the United States.

Essays on the history of Arab photographic expression have been written by Samer Mohdad, a well-known Lebanese photographer, writer and co-founder of the Fondation Arabe pour l'Image in Beirut.

Dr. Claude W. Sui, Senior Curator of the Forum International of Photography at the Reiss-Engelhorn Museum in Mannheim, Germany and curator of exhibitions on nineteenth century photography in Arabia including To the Holy Lands: Mecca and Medina to Jerusalem.

Mona Khazindar, Director General of the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris looks at the development on the history of modern Arab photography and its relationship to contemporary art.

Wendy Watriss, Senior Curator and Artistic Director for FotoFest International provides the philosophical overview of the book in her introduction.

About the Author: Karin Adrian von Roques is a noted German curator and art historian who after studying history of Islamic art specialized in contemporary Arab and Iranian art. Karin Adrian von Roques has curated exhibitions for numerous institutions, in Europe and abroad including the Museum of Applied Arts, Frankfurt; Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Bonn; Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris; the Cultural Foundation, Abu Dhabi; Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York and Hong Kong. She has had extensive experience developing Arab art collections, and has been advisor in the purchase of contemporary Arab art for Deutsche Bank’s collection. Karin Adrian von Roques served as a consultant to Sotheby’s, London, advising their Modern and Contemporary Arab and Iranian Art Department. Amongst other things, she was member of International Juries for a competition with Arab artists - Qatar (2005); Ryadh (2007); Oman (2008); Cairo for the 11th International Cairo Biennale (2008). She held many lectures i.e. at the Sorbonne in Paris or at the museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Teheran, wrote books about the oriental carpet, contributed to catalogues and writes regularly for newspapers and art magazines. She has a keen interest in world cultures and promoting understanding between them and a commitment to increasing understanding of the Islamic world. She learned 7 languages (German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Arabic and Persian). Most recently, she was the lead curator of the FotoFest Biennial „View from Inside“ on contemporary Arab photography and video which took place in Houston/ Texas from March 15th to April 28th 2014. The Biennial presented 49 artists from 13 Arab countries with about 700 artworks and does actually travel. The first station is Abu Dhabi in March 2015.

Samer Mohdad was born in 1964 at Bzebdine, Lebanon, to a father who was an engineer and a mother who was a poet. After almost eight years of childhood, the Lebanese civil war broke out and his adolescence was marked by bombs, exile, fighting, and the death of close friends and acquaintances. After finishing studies in photography at St-Luc in Liège, Belgium, In 1988, he began working for Paris-based photojournalism agency Vu, notably producing features on the other side of the Lebanese civil war (1988 – 1990), the Beirut prison (1988), and the children of the civil war (1991). In 1990, he was commissioned by the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne to take a series of photographs of the Swiss army for a book and exhibition entitled ‘Voir la Suisse Autrement’, on the occasion of Switzerland’s 700 years of existence. From 1992 to 1996, he was in charge of the relations with the Arab world at the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne. During this time, his photography concentrated on the Arab world. In 1993, he published War Children, Lebanon 1985 – 1992, a book on the children of the Lebanese civil war. These photographs had been exhibited at Visa pour l’Image in Pérpignan in 1992, and were shown again after the book’s publication at the Beirut Exhibition Center in 1993 and and at the Musée de l’Elysée in 1994. In 1992, he photographed 415 Palestinians expelled from Israel to no man’s land in the south of Lebanon, and then portrayed the same men a few years later in 1995 after they had returned to Gaza. Those photos were published in a book called Return to Gaza in 1996. For Du, a cultural magazine published in Zurich, he in 1994 completed a special double feature on Islam and another two years later on Iran, a joint project with fellow photographers Thomas Kern and Daniel Schwartz. In 1996, he was a jury member at the World Press Photo in Amsterdam and the same year he started up the Arab Images Foundation in Beirut, Lebanon. From 1997 to 1999, he was curator of exhibitions and head of workshops at the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie in Arles, France.

Claude W. Sui has been director and chief curator of the Forum for International Photography of the Reiss- Engelhorn-Museums in Mannheim since 2002. He studied art history, philosophy and ethnology at the universities in Mainz and Frankfurt/Main and earned his doctorate on the work of the photographer Robert Häusser. Sui is in charge of the scientific compilation of the contemporary Helmut Gernsheim Collection, for the Robert Häusser Archive and the Reiss siblings’ collection of historical travel photographs. Among others, Sui has curated the following exhibitions at the Reiss-Engelhorn Museums: Focus on Man, Pictures of People from the photographic collection of Helmut Gernsheim (2003), Robert Häusser, From the Photographic Work 1938–2004 (2006), Robert Lebeck – Unbelievable Luck (2004), To the Holy Lands – From Mecca and Medina to Jerusalem, Photographs of the 19th Century (2006), Set into the Word – Contemporary Lyric Poetry to Photographs by Robert Häusser (2007), Robert Häusser – The Diary of Moor (2008), World Stars of Photography: The Winners of the Hasselblad Foundation (2008), Robert Häusser – The Berlin Wall (2009). The Birth of Photography, Milestones from the Gernsheim Collection (2012). In this exhibition the first ever photograph View from the Window, Le Gras taken in 1826 by Nicéphore Niépce was shown for the first time in over 60 years in Europe and exclusively at the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen in Mannheim. Sui was appointed as Jury Chairman for the Hasselblad Award 2010 of the Erna- und Victor Hasselblad Foundation, Göteborg (Sweden). Since 2010, he has been teaching History of Photography at the University of Applied Sciences in Mannheim. Sui was honored in 2013 for his curatorial achievements with the Colin Ford Award, a curatorial award given by The Royal Photographic Society in London (GB).

Wendy Watriss is a photographer, curator, journalist, and writer. She is one of the founders of FotoFest, the internationally known photographic arts and education organization based in Houston, Texas. She has served as FotoFest's artistic director since 1991. Watriss began her professional career as a reporter and writer for national newspapers in the U.S. and later became a producer of news documentaries for national public television in New York. From 1970 to 1992, she worked internationally as a professional photographer. In her editorial and photojournalistic work, she has covered the 1968 political upheavals in East and Central Europe, the effects of drought in the African Sahel, civil wars in Nicaragua and El Salvador, the lives of U.S. veterans of the Vietnam War affected by the herbicide Agent Orange, and the political history of Texas’ cultural frontiers. Her photographic work has been published and exhibited around the world, and she is the recipient of numerous international awards for her photography. Watriss is the author of numerous essays on international politics as well as photography. She is the editor/producer of the bilingual book IMAGE AND MEMORY, Photography from Latin America 1866 -1994 (University of Texas Press, 1998) - recipient of American Publisher Association's Art Book of the Year Award (1999), the Golden Light Award for the Best Photography Book of the Year (1998), and Choice's 35th Annual Outstanding Academic Books list (1998). She co-authored the book, COMING TO TERMS, The German Hill Country of Texas (Texas A&M University Press, 1991). Watriss has worked extensively in Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. As curator and artistic director for FotoFest, Watriss has organized exhibits from Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the U.S. She is fluent in two foreign languages, French and Spanish. Recipient of grants for photography from The National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts/Mid-Atlantic Arts Alliance, The Rockefeller Foundation, The Texas State Historical Foundation, The Sid Richardson Foundation, the Texas Committee for the Humanities among others. Recipient of awards from The World Press Foundation (The Netherlands), Oskar Barnack Award, Missouri School of Journalism 'Pictures of the Year', The XI International Interpress Photo and The Women's International Democratic Federation (Germany). Numerous one-person museum exhibitions in the U.S., Western and Eastern Europe, Canada, Mexico. Work included in collections at The Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin; Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris; Musée de la Photographie, Charleroi, Belgium, and numerous private collections. Fellow of the American Leadership Forum (1992). Co-founder of public foundation for social justice, The Live Oak Fund for Change (1980-1992). Recipient of 'Woman On The Move' Award from the Houston Post and Texas Executive Women (1990). Founding member of FotoFest. Member of Advisory Board of the Texas Photographic Society and Board of Directors of the Texas Low Income Housing Service. Panelist and juror for National Endowment for the Arts, regional and state arts councils, international juried exhibitions and international photography conferences.

Mona Khazindar, a Saudi national, has been Director General of the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris (Arab World Institute) since March 2011. A cultural organization founded by the French government and the 22 countries of the Arab League, the Institut’s mission is to disseminate knowledge about the Arab World, its civilization, culture and language, and promote cultural exchanges between France and the Arab World. From 1987 till her appointment as Director General she headed the Department of Contemporary Art and Photography in the museum of the Institut du Monde Arabe. During that period she focused on modern and contemporary art from the Middle East. For the past 25 years she has curated numerous successful and well-received exhibitions (including Palestine, Creation in all its States; Oum Kalsoum, the Fourth Pyramid; and Vision of Arab Photographers). Khazindar’s immersion in the world of Arab art has led her to the belief that contemporary art from the region takes place within a wider socio-political context of dialogue and globalization. This led Khazindar, a curator and cultural engineering consultant, to pioneer academic artistic exploration and exposure of outstanding artists by commissioning artists to create site-specific artworks taking into account a thematic discourse and an architectural space.

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