Article about Jonas Staal in Syria

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Closing ceremony of the New World Summit in Derik, Syria

I published this article in the December 2015 edition of The Art Newspaper – with first a ‘news’ story on page 3, and then a feature on pages 58-59.  Continue reading

Art and Soft Power in the Gulf

Article published in Issue #47 of Afkar / Ideas published in October 2015 by the European Institute of the Mediterranean in Barcelona / French version / Spanish version

Ahmad Angawi: Ottoman Map of Mecca (detail), 2012

Ahmad Angawi: Ottoman Map of Mecca (detail), 2012

Art and Soft Power in the Gulf

Recently, there has been much news and debate about how the Gulf States are acquiring the icons of global culture, such as famous paintings, works by star artists, and even whole museums. This is seen as the exercise of ‘soft power’, defined by Joseph Nye as ‘the ability to get what you want through attraction, rather than coercion or payments’. One may wonder then, which objectives direct the Gulf’s investments in art? And, are they being achieved? Continue reading

Article in Harpers Bazaar Art about my curating in Kochi

Ahmed Mater: Muzdalifah (the day after); part of Desert of Pharan/Adam. 180 x 120 cm, 2012

Ahmed Mater: Muzdalifah (the day after); part of Desert of Pharan/Adam. 180 x 120 cm, 2012

Harper’s Bazaar Arabia published my personal diary about the installation of Desert of Pharan / Adam, by Ahmed Mater, in the Kochi Biennale.

See the pages 1, 2, 3 and 4.

I was curatorial consultant for the Kochi Muziris Biennale; I introduced five of the finally exhibited artists and worked with them on their projects as a curator. These are Ahmed Mater, Amanullah Mojadidi, Gert Jan Kocken, Ibrahim Quraishi and Jonas Staal.

I am now working with Ahmed Mater on the second installment of Desert of Pharan, Room with a View, which will be part of the Sharjah Biennial (opens on March 13).

Moidus Heritage House in Kochi - where the installation of Ahmed's work took place

Moidus Heritage House in Kochi – where the installation of Ahmed’s work took place