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Between Promise and Fragility: Aesthetic Belongings in the Body of Contemporary Palestinian Art

This talk is a discussion of contemporary Palestinian art practices and an analysis of how artworks, especially those depicting bodies or their absence, reveal and reform ideas about the individual, community, locality, and aesthetic belonging since the 1993 Oslo Accords.


Kirsten Scheid is an associate professor of anthropology at the American University of Beirut. She specializes in modern and contemporary Arab art. Scheid completed a book on the modern art movement in Lebanon titled On Civilized Art in Primitive Places: Modern Art and the Formation of Lebanon. The talk arises from comparative ethnographic research she is currently conducting on Palestinian and Lebanese art production since the "New Middle East" was initiated in the early 1990s.

This brownbag will be moderated by Professor Zainab Bahrani, Edith Porada Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Art and Archaeology.


This event is sponsored by MESAAS and the Middle East Institute (MEI).

Room 208, Knox Hall, Columbia University
606 West 122nd Street, New York, NY 10027