ARTS 210 - Contemporary Art and Politics in the Middle East
Major developments in contemporary art movements of the Islamicate Middle East, from decolonization in the mid-twentieth century until the present are considered. Thematic areas include debates about cultural heritage, museum policies, and preservation, networks of digital exchange, censorship under authoritarian regimes, art as public diplomacy, and questions of representation amidst an environment of rising conservative Islamic activism. Students examine multi-media artistic production from Morocco to Afghanistan, chronologically contextualizing the politics of cultural production in the colonial period, during decolonization, and against the backdrop of critical global events, such as the Iranian Revolution and the 2011 Arab Spring.
Major/Minor Restrictions: None
Class Restriction: None
Area of Inquiry: Human Thought and Expression
Core Component: None
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