Bringing together internationally acclaimed and award-winning journalists, writers, bloggers, activists, cinematographers, photographers, cartoonists, & scholars to explore the visual arts & expressive media of the recent uprisings in the Arab world.
The creative vitality of the continually evolving uprisings commonly referred to as the Arab Spring is captured in this immersive multimedia exhibition. Freedom of speech merges with artistic expression to capture the anger, elation, frustration and hope of these revolutions through call-and-response chants, graffiti, video, blog postings, cartoons, music, photography, posters and even puppetry. In the Lower Level Gallery; free with Museum admission.
This exhibition was guest curated by Associate Professor of Islamic Art Christiane Gruber of the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, and Nama Khalil, an artist and anthropology PhD student at UM. It is a companion to the 2013 Freer Symposium
Arts of the Arab World Uprisings in Ann Arbor Nov.
5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 @ AANM
Opening reception and panel discussion with award-winning activists Nadia Khiari, a Tunisian cartoonist; Tunisian blogger Lina Ben Mhenni; and Egyptian journalist Wael Abbas. Moderator: Vincent Duffy.Wael Abbas; and Egyptian journalist Wael Abbas. Moderator: Vincent Duffy.
All events are free open to the public
This symposium explores the various roles and functions played by the visual arts and other expressive media in the recent Middle East Uprisings by bringing together internationally acclaimed and award-winning journalists, bloggers, activists, cinematographers, photographers, writers, and art historians. This collaborative enterprise seeks to bridge several disciplines within academia while also placing scholars in conversation with activists and journalists active on the ground.