At JAOU Tunis conference May 2015 artist Chris Weaver speaks with Antonia Carver, director of Art Dubai, after the panel ‘Future Imperfect: Art Institutions in the Middle East’, and Rahilla Zafar, author and business consultant about her book on Arab women entrepreneurs.
Antonia Carver has written extensively on Middle Eastern art and film, as a correspondent for The Art Newspaper and Screen ArtDubai International, among other publications, books and journals.
Rahilla Zafar writer, editor and business development consultant for Wondros, contributes to The Economist’s GE Look Ahead, an award-winning series on global innovation trends. Rahilla co-wrote ‘Arab Women Rising: 35 Entrepreneurs Making a Difference in the Arab World’ and is working on a book on women in Saudi Arabia.
After the Bardo Museum attacks on tourists in 2015, JAOU festival did not deter from holding its annual arts events again at the Tunis museum.
A series from Jaou Tunis, a symposium on Visual Culture in an Age of Global Conflict. JAOU is hosted yearly at the Bardo Museum, Tunis, Tunisia by the Kamel Lazaar Foundation and this year went ahead despite a brutal shooting of 20 tourists by ISIS in the museum this March.
This week’s broadcast features artist Hiwa K, born in Kurdish Iraq, living in Berlin. Hiwa discusses his piece The Bell, (pictured) currently on show at the 56th Venice Biennale, in the main exhibition of Arsenale titled “All The World’s Futures”. Hiwa made a short presentation on The Bell at JAOU Tunis, a piece which took 8 years to complete and features melted down arms from all over the world, used in Iraq, and turned into a bell ornamented with the classical relief of a lion with a bearded, human head.
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After the Bardo Museum attacks on tourists earlier this year, JAOU festival and symposium is more than ever set to hold its annual arts events at the Tunis museum in Tunisia. Sound artist Chris Weaver interviews founder of the Barjeel Foundation, UAE and renowned Arab affairs commentator Sultan Al Qassemi about his participation in JAOU Tunis, from Dubai where they are both currently living. “Personally I’m very much intrigued by post-revolution art and culture in Tunisia. Tunisia is constantly now ranked as the only free country in the Arab world, what does that mean for art, does that mean there is a higher ceiling? What about the taboo subjects that we face in the gulf and other parts of the Middle East and North Africa, can you broach them? Can you approach them? This is a unique opportunity to witness first hand in Tunisia.” Broadcasts Tuesday 21.30 GMT, repeats Thursday 16:00 GMT. http://www.sixpillars.org
Curators and authors Rose Issa (London) and Michket Krifa (Paris) discuss curating Middle Eastern and North African art in a European context, at a time when institutions, for the first time in France, but since some years already in the UK, are faced with cuts.
Rose Issa is director of Rose Issa Projects, a gallery spread across two spaces in the UK, and has been working Arab and Iranian art for over 20 years, while Michket Krifa was since 2009 the artistic director of the 8th and 9th Bamako Encounters, African Biennale of Photography. She has been involved in Iranian art since the first Iranian photography exhibition in Europe Regards Persans (Iran- Espace Electra 2001). Michket is also a nominator for the Prix Pictet.
Recorded in UAE at Art Dubai 2014.
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At a time when photography as an artistic medium is undergoing continual changes and challenges, a new gallery in Dubai focuses specifically on the medium. Having expanded and strained under the onset of digital photography and the smart phone camera boom, the art form is now faced with the proliferation of the image, a flood of low-grade images in places once reserved for those of the highest quality amongst other challenges.
We speak to the director of East Wing, Elie Domit about his interest in and dedication to photography, and the show ‘Ramadam in Yemen‘, a series of one-off prints taken in the early 90s around the mountain villages of Yemen by Australian photographer Max Pam, decorated with diary notes scribbled on the sides of these very personal postcards.
Visiting field recordist form Iran, Niloufar Em discusses Six Pillars’ current residency project at London College of Communication, and the group performance at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre on Friday 13th December, 6pm. Tutored by seminal guitar manipulator Keith Rowe, the group, consisting of six LCC Sound Art and Design graduates and the five visiting Iranian artists, had just 4.5 days to prepare. Here Niloufar also discusses the week of workshops that follow the performance, including a field recording workshop with world-renowned field-recordist Chris Watson.
Performers were Niloufar Em, Heckmat(t), Nasim Khorassani, Sepehr Haghighi, Nemo Ghasemi, Howie Lee, Yiorgis Sakellariou, Maria Popadomanolaki, Irina Zakharova, Artur Vidal, Angela Yeowell and Veryan Weston.
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Sounds disseminated by artist Haroon Mirza for his exhibition ‘/o/o/o/o/’ at Lisson Gallery, London and a release by Vinyl Factory on limited edition vinyl. We listen to the remixes from o-o-o-o, a project in conjunction with Haroon Mirza’s exhibition and which involves working with his source sounds, plus an interview with Mirza on details of the show.
For this project tracks by Factory Floor and Jellyman were issued, one black and one white, to compliment the exhibition.
Bik Van der Pol‘s Frieze Project, a ‘live’ literary scoreboard
A panel discussion with Gasworks Director Alessio Antoniolli, Camden Arts Centre Exhibitions Programmer Anne-Marie Watson, Director of The Museum of Everything Jeremy Brett and Alex Deyzac, Gallery Assistant at Mica Gallery. Chaired by Fari Bradley the discussion points range from the physical space of the Frieze to the misconceptions that have naturally grown up around the Frieze itself. Originally broadcast in October 2011 from Resonance104.4FM studios in London.
A personal tour of the British Museum’s major show in 2011 on Afghanistan: Crossroads of the Ancient World. This awesome and massively educative exhibition is brought to us thanks to the amazing bravery of a few men who took care of these objects in great secrecy and at great personal risk at the brink of two decades of civil war, strategic iconoclastic decimation and lawless looting.
Dr. St John Simpson is an archeologist and a curator at The British Museum and speaks here about the exhibition as a whole and Afghanistan’s place on the Silk Road where caravans from from Europe, China, India and Central Asia traveled back and forth. He guides us through the show and discusses details about several of the objects, of which his favourite is the fish-shaped drinking vessel pictured here.
This show was produced by Fari Bradley and originally broadcast May 2011.