Arabicity reflects on four decades of the aesthetic, conceptual and socio-political concerns of contemporary Arab artists. Beautifully produced, it features over 200 artworks by fifty Arab artists including Bahia Shehab, Ayman Baalbaki, Hassan Hajjaj and Raeda Saadeh, who explore their cultural heritage, and themes such as memory, destruction, and conflict, with humour, visual poetry and great warmth.
Whether through video art, painting, photography or installation, these artists challenge the confines of their identity, resisting stereotyping and reshaping the parameters of their cultural traditions. In their diverse media and subject matter, their works reflect the pulse of the region. In chaos they discover what endures.
About the Editor(s)
Rose Issa is a curator, writer and producer who has championed visual art and film from the Middle East for more than thirty years. She produces exhibitions worldwide, including at the V&A, Leighton House Museum and Tate Britain, and advises on collections for institutions, including the The Smithsonian, Washington; British Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and World Bank. Her recent publications include Signs of Our Times: from Calligraphy to Calligraffiti, Arab Photography Now, Iranian Photography Now, Parastou Forouhar: Art, Life and Death in Iran; and Maliheh Afnan: Traces, Faces, Places.