Posted on March 23, 2017

In the latest Crossing Boundaries Lecture, VCUQatar will host Kuwaiti artist Alia Farid, who will discuss the arrival of, and fallout with modernity in the Arab world.

Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar (VCUQatar) will host Kuwaiti artist Alia Farid, who will discuss two projects that portray the arrival of, and fallout with, modernity in the Arab world, “Acquiring Modernity” (2014), and “Maarad Trablous” (2016) in the latest Crossing Boundaries Lecture, titled, “Landscapes in Abeyance – Falling Out With Modernity in the Arab World.” The lecture will take place on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 6pm at VCUQatar’s Atrium, and is free and open to the public. Alia's most ambitious project to date has been curating the Pavilion of Kuwait at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, which – despite its appearance at la Biennale di Venezia – placed an emphasis on what participating locally might induce in an environment driven by ideologies incongruent with critical and aesthetic thought.

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She has completed residencies at Beta Local (San Juan), Casa Árabe in conjunction with Delfina Foundation (Córdoba), Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art (Doha), Davidoff Art Initiative (Altos de Chavón), Serpentine Galleries (London), Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris), and marra.tein (Beirut). She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from La Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico (Viejo San Juan), a Master of Science in Visual Studies from the Visual Arts Program at MIT (Cambridge, MA), and a Master in Museum Studies and Critical Theory from the Programa d’Estudis Independents at the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona. 

Previous speakers have focused on issues like contemporary architecture in the Middle East; questions of mobility and memory; politics in modern Arab art; luxury womenswear; Iran’s ceramic industry; language, history and art; advancing entrepreneurship through online platforms; craft, design and social change in Latin America; and the man/machine relationship within contemporary art. Previous Crossing Boundaries speakers have included esteemed names like Jeff Koons, Marina Abramović, Luc Tuymans, Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi, Richard Serra, and Myles Pepper.

“Landscapes in Abeyance – Falling Out With Modernity in the Arab World” will take place on Wednesday March 29 2017 at 6pm at VCUQatar’s Atrium, and is free and open to the public. 

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