Egyptian artists know the art of their world well, it's us who don't know it!
Reconsidering Culture in Times of Trouble: A Call for Re-conceptualization of Russian-EU Cultural Relations
As part of our ongoing commitment to the MENA region, we are starting an interview series with Art Historians and Curators who chose to devote their career to the promotion Middle-Eastern and North African art. Our aim is to give their work more visibility and to create links between them as part of a growing network.
Image: Nadia Radwan on a study trip with her students, Pera Museum, Istanbul, June 2016. Courtesy © Nadia Radwan
Art, Geography and Hermeneutics
Going beyond traditional methods of foreign cultural diplomacy, our definition of cultural relations is characterised by an increased focus on cultural communities and initiatives coming from within civic society, rather than from governmental circles. Only in close interactions between both civic societies can genuine cultural exchange can take place, as this enables all actors to avoid the well-known obstacles, and to lay the foundation for interstate cultural cooperation characterised by mutual understanding and dialogue, rather than by repulsion.
Image: The Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Image ©Erik Vlaeminck, 2017
Theory in Art Education. The French example.
Understanding how artists try and achieve to escape or fit their original locality is as important as understanding how it’s at work in the art pieces themselves.
Image: Entre les choses, No.8. Courtesy © Nidhal Chamekh
What is art and research?
How do institutions, and their transformations, impact on how artists deal with theory?
Image: Studio Ecole des beaux-arts, Marseille (ESAD Marseille Méditerranée) ©Justin Meekel
Artist Mohssin Harraki shares his views about the condition of being an artist in North Africa today
Art and research is not only a matter of free collaboration between artists and researchers. Since 2008, it’s a political, educational, bureaucratic issue in Europe. On this matter, French debate is extensive. Is it because of the history of art education in this country.
Image: Open doors at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Atelier Alberola ©Ludmilla Barrand, Instagram @psacparis
Artist Younes Rahmoun speaks about being an artist in the Maghreb and Africa
Artist Mohssin Harraki speaks about the state of art and culture in Morocco.
Artist Wassim Ghozlani shares his experience of working in Tunisia
Younes Rahmoun talks from the perspective of living and working in Tétouan, Morocco.
Wassim Ghozlani describes the conditions of being a practising artist, as well as an entrepreneur, in post-revolutionary Tunisia.