Visual Vanguard: Abdellah Karroum

Thursday 23rd February 2017

The museum welcomes Abdellah Karroum who will speak to his work as the director of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art and to artists' roles as catalyst for the Arab Spring and Middle East uprisings.

Artists: Abdellah Karroum

Venue: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, 60208, United States

Tickets: RSVP: USD 0.00

Time: 6pm - 8pm

The Block Museum's "Visual Vanguard" series presents conversations with innovative arts leaders working internationally who are transforming the way we experience and think about art today. The museum is proud to welcome Abdellah Karroum who will speak to his work as the director of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Qatar and as the founder and artistic director of L'appartement 22, an experimental collaborative space for exhibitions and artists' residencies in Rabat, Morocco.

The museum director will also discuss his recent research examining artistic production during the decade preceding the uprisings in Tunisia and the Arab World. Karroum will expand on the idea of a "generation 00" of artists working as citizens who produced works opposing and critically reading the political and social situations of the early 21st Century. Karroum's research focuses on the years between 1999 and 2011, highlighting a long decade of disruptive artistic initiatives that preceded the so-called "revolutions" and political actions of the Arab Spring. Karroum suggests this "Generation 00, including artists Amal Kenawy (Egypt) and Manal Al Dowayan (Saudi Arabia), Ismail Bahri (Tunisia), and Mustapha Akrim (Morocco), intertwined politics with curatorial and editorial projects, offering new paths for change and citizen-led action.

Karroum's presentation will be followed by a conversation with S. Hollis Clayson, Professor of Art History and Bergen Evans Professor in the Humanities and Brian Edwards, Crown Professor in Middle East Studies.

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Last Update: 2017-02-16 00:00:00

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