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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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.