Contemporary Art Practices and Cultural
Institutions in the Middle East
Visual Culture in the Middle East Vol. 3
Anthony Downey (Ed.)
Future Imperfect, the third volume in the ongoing series from Visual Culture in the Middle East, critically examines the present and future role of Middle Eastern and North African cultural institutions as contexts for the production, dissemination and reception of contemporary art. Using historical examples of discussions that have become increasingly urgent in recent years such as the role of culture in a time of conflict and globalization, this reader offers an in-depth critique on the state of cultural institutions in an age of exuberant cultural activity, political upheaval, social unrest, ascendant neoliberal forms of privatization, and regional uncertainty. With over 30 contributors including renowned academics, critics, activists, filmmakers, artists and others, this timely and important publication considers how new infrastructures and institutions can effectively emerge in our current climate. Essays by Hoor Al-Qasimi, AMBS Architects, Stephanie Bailey, Elizabeth Derderian, Guy Mannes-Abbott, Rijin Sahakian, Gregory Sholette and more. With online projects by Yasmine Zidane.
430 pp / 14 b&w and 91 color
Retail Price: $29.00
Stine Marie Jacobsen
Working with participatory tools to raise solidarity and civic engagement, Stine Marie Jacobsen (b. 1977) designs educational projects that deal with ethics, identity, control, fear and trust. German For Newcomers is a language project and workshop concept by the Danish artist; several workshops took place over the course of one year, and a film was also produced. The role of the student and teacher is shifted in German For Newcomers: expats, immigrants and refugees are invited to improve their basic German language skills by collectively writing useful teaching material for themselves and others. The material is inspired by their own experiences with German culture, language and bureaucracy. The idea for this publication came about after the success of Jacobsen’s German For Artists, a hybrid, pocket grammar book containing reflections on philosophical aspects of the German language in relation to art (hierarchy).
3 x 5 ½ in. / 125 pp
Retail Price: $15.00