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.
Broadcasts Thursday 19:30 BST repeats Sunday 06.30 BST listen online on 104.4FM in London or online elsewhere, via this handy widget
Photographer Sara Shamsawari exhibits a selection from her series in City Hall entrance until January 4th.
The exhibition is a series of engaging portraits around the symbolism of the union jack with all its connotations. The photos are accompanied by statements and both promote a questioning of our ideas of what it means to be British now.