Visual and Material Culture: Course

Arts and Politics in the Arab world

asleh Fady, Semester 1, Wednesday, 14:00-17:00
This course aims to provide students with a primary knowledge of the relationship between Arts and Politics in the Arab World, through examining the so-called “Arab spring”, while taking into account the many constituents that this term holds in its core, such the protest culture, social responsibility, and the role of the artist, be it in the Arab countries or in the world at large. Does the role of the artist change from a place to another? Do political events stimulate and direct the artistic production, or is it the other way around? Is artwork capable of changing realities and shaping events? To answer these questions and many others, it is important to study the artistic experience and circumstances in different situations and places (Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, Libya and Iraq).