Join the Georgetown MENA Forum on Friday, April 20 from 12:30-2:30pm for a conversation on Middle Eastern art in conflict with the founder of Barjeel Art Foundation, Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi.
The Middle East region has witnessed numerous conflicts in the 20th century, some of which has spilt over into the new millennium. Art has often been a mirror to societies as well as a method of expression that has been used during these times.
Artists from the region have also been absorbed by governments into playing a role in propagating a certain message while those who have refused have been sidelined.
Furthermore, the 21st century has witnessed a plethora of museums being established across the region especially in the Gulf states that have sought to acquire art at an accelerated rate, sometimes causing friction with other regional states.
During his talk, Sultan will give an overview of the historical context and the latest developments in Middle Eastern art in conflict.