Refugees and immigrants with Syrian or Iraqi backgrounds as museum mediators present their favorite objects, and what these mean for them personally and for the groups they guide.
Nafas Art Magazine discontinued
At the end of 2016, the German Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (ifa) terminated the funding of Nafas. For this reason the online magazine has to be discontinued. Commissioned by ifa, Nafas was developed by Universes in Universe, and published since March 2003. As one of the very first publications of its kind, it was dedicated to contemporary art from the Maghreb to the Middle East, from Central Asia to Southeast Asia.
In its 14 years of existence, Nafas has reached more than 2 million different readers worldwide, who have visited its pages more than 13.2 million times (these are real registered stats). The almost 700 articles and multiple short news, with about 11,500 images will remain online.
Universes in Universe has engaged with the arts of these regions since its start in early 1997, long before Nafas, and will continue doing so in the future in the UiU Magazine and hopefully with new partners.
An Astronomical Determination of the Distance Between Two Cities. Zilberman Gallery Istanbul , 7 January - 18 February 2017
The artist about her work exploring photography, sculpture, language and identity. Part of Languitecture at P21, London.
After Pompidou and Tate, Mona Hatoum's survey show is on view at Kiasma, Helsinki, until 26 Feb. 2017. Interview by Christine van Assche.
The Egyptian Surrealists (1938-1965), and their relationship with their international counterparts. Until 28 Nov. 2016, Palace of Arts, Cairo. Review by Lucrezia Cippitelli.
Contrast Syria. Museum für Islamische Kunst, Berlin, 29 July - 30 October 2016. Pictures by the Syrian photographer showing the life in his home country before the war.
The ground-breaking international festival of performing arts was held annually from 1967-77. Vali Mahlouji / Archaeology of the Final Decade curate the exhibition at Bergen Assembly 2016.
Zad Moultaka will represent Lebanon at the 57th Venice Biennale 2017. Curator: Emmanuel Daydé.
Tamara Chalabi and Paolo Colombo are te curators of the Pavilion of Iraq at the 57th Venice Biennale.
On 18 September 2016 passed away Hassan Sharif, an extraordinary artist and pioneer of conceptual art in the Gulf Region, a theorist, writer, educator.
About the Franco-Moroccan photographer who died in the 2016 Ouagadougou terrorist attack, and the new foundation in her honor. By Hannah Kugel.
In the aftermath of the Nuclear Deal, the desire for self-determination of Iran's art scene could be overshadowed, again, by the renewed expectations of a Western culture industry hungry for easy definable identity-based movements. By Michel Dewilde.
The show at SALT, Istanbul, traced the origins of Turkey's current context via artworks, and elements of popular culture and social movements since the coup d'état in 1980. Photos of the exhibition and review. By Bora Gürdaş .
The exhibition responded to political and social outcomes of past and present events, as well as their connection with literature, music, and film. Darat al Funun, Amman, 2016.
Repositioning the Sursock Museum in Beirut's current challenging context after 8 years of closure. Interview with director Zeina Arida. By Laurence Cornet.