Uploaded on Jan 21, 2013
This Sunday Conversations will examine the role of art, film and publication in relation to commissioning and distribution, two aspects of artistic production deemed invaluable in engaging in dynamic discourses. The evolving circumstances that affect regions specifically Palestine and Iran, may differ but, in certain paradigms, are found to indeed overlap. Circumstances, patronage, relationships, repressed conditions and histories affect all aspects of the expansive arts from early research to final production. Commissioning is fast becoming the only way to make the arts inclusive in their conversations. Distribution is paradigmatic in the way it involves a global audience.
Dr Dina Matar, is a Palestinian lecturer in Arab Media and International Political Communication at the Centre for Film and Media Studies, the School of Oriental and African Studies. She was formerly a foreign correspondent and editor covering the Middle East, Europe and Africa. She is also a co-editor of the Middle East Journal of Culture and Communications.
Dr Hamid Kershmirshekan, is Chief Editor of Art Tomorrow journal and the author of many articles on art in early twenty first century Iran. He studied at Tehran University and received his PhD in History of Art from SOAS, University of London and was awarded a post-doctoral in 2004 -2005 and another post-doctoral fellowship by the British Academy, AHRC and ESRC in 2008, both at Oxford University. His books include Amidst Shadow and Light: Contemporary Iranian Art and Artists and Different Sames: New Perspectives in Contemporary Iranian Art. He is currently Visiting Associate at the Oriental Institute, University of Oxford.
Shaheen Merali is a curator and writer based in London. Between 2003 -2008, he was Head of Exhibitions, Film and New Media at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany curating several exhibitions including The Black Atlantic; Dreams and Trauma- Moving images and the Promised Lands and Re-Imagining Asia, One Thousand years of Separation. In 2006, he was the co-curator of the 6th Gwangju Biennale, Korea. He was involved in extensive research for a major exhibition for the Birla Academy of Art and Culture on its International Collection which he presented in India (2012). This evening is part of his first curatorial work for the P21 Gallery.