Social revolutions begin with an idea, the realization of which demands change. In the contemporary Middle East, the upheavals driven by revolutionary movements aiming to seize power and upend unpopular regimes have made media their accomplice. This publication depicts the multiple forms and expressions of the creative culture of dissent that are deeply embedded in Arab culture and daily life as an articulation of independence, dignity and respect, in spite of the restrictions of deep-rooted autocratic structures, before and after the 2011 uprisings.
From across Saudi Arabia, local artisans have passionately laboured and innovated to take part in a landmark exhibition that reflects the scale, diversity and wealth of their country’s cultural and artisanal heritage. This publication sheds light on the legacy of craftsmanship and illustrates how beautiful and ancient crafts can play an important role in terms of social and economic growth in a contemporary world.
في شهر مارس من عام 1900م (1313 هـ)، أصدر السلطان عبد الحميد الثاني مرسوماً «فرماناً» بإنشاء سكة حديد الحجاز. وكان الغرض من إنشاء هذه السكة التي تمتد من دمشق إلى الحرمين الشريفين في مكة المكرمة والمدينة المنورة، توفير وسيلة نقل حديثة للوافدين من آسيا وأوروبا وبلاد الشام لأداء فريضة الحج، فضلاً عن توطيد أواصر الأخوّة بين دول العالم الإسلامي المجزّأ آنذاك. نتمنى أن تستمتعوا بقراءة هذا الكتاب، وأن تتعرّفوا أكثر إلى هذا الجزء الرائع من التراث الثقافي للمملكة العربية السعودية.
The artwork of Swiss artist Zimoun is sculpture, music, composition, soundscape, and installation; it is minimalist, conceptual, expressive, technical, natural, open, rigid, and chaotic. The essays in this book each take different approaches to the question of how to frame, contextualize, and discuss Zimoun’s artwork, beginning with art historical framing, proceeding through music and soundscape, and finally concluding with an interview with the artist himself. There, Zimoun offers: “I like to think of my works as audible buildings that can be entered and explored as much with your ears as with your eyes.”
This self-titled publication presents the first monograph on the nearly 25-year-long art practice of the US-Iranian artist Pouran Jinchi. Helping to reimagine the engagement of Persian calligraphy within a contemporary art discourse, this title follows a prolific career, examining work that has been exhibited across the world in solo and group presentations and produced across varied media.
As the top-ranking public arts graduate programme in the United States, VCU became the first American university to come to Qatar. This title reflects on and celebrates the 20 years since VCUarts Qatar began its mission of providing a steady source of innovation, exploring alternative ways of looking at the world and at ourselves, and proving that the arts is the connective tissue that supports and binds together the full spectrum of disciplines as we aim to solve today’s most pressing challenges.
Showcasing 26 internationally acclaimed artists and art collectives from the Gulf region and the world, and directly referencing John Berger’s seminal 1972 eponymous text on visual culture, this publication invites the viewer to actively engage with the artwork, and to explore the ways by which artists assign forms and concepts that seem familiar with renewed appearances and meanings.
This collection of essays and conversations sheds light on and discusses how images in films and animation have influenced identity portrayals in the Arab context. Published to accompany the first exhibition at the new Media Majlis at Northwestern University in Qatar, this beautifully crafted book discusses a spectrum of impressions and visual cues in film, both of and from the Arab world, that often unwittingly create distortions, in turn inspiring confidence or promoting stereotypes and even prejudices that have led to war or inter-regional conflicts of many kinds.