28 March 2021

Ala Younis to Give the Latest Talk in the “Decolonizing Art Narratives” Online Lecture Series

In her talk, Ala will present an experiment on historicity, on understanding the position in history from within the absence of the heroic female figure in an established narrative.

Ala Younis will be giving the latest in the series of online lectures titled, “Decolonizing Art Narratives: Arab Women Artists Today.”

It will take place on Wednesday, March 31, from 8pm Doha time.

The online lecture is free and open to the public. It will be followed by a discussion and Q&A moderated by curator and writer Fawz Kabra. 

In her talk, Ala will present an experiment on historicity, on understanding the position in history from within the absence of the heroic female figure in an established narrative.

Ala Younis is a research-based artist and curator based in Amman, Jordan. She initiates journeys in archives and narratives and reinterprets collective experiences that have collapsed into personal ones. She is a member of the Advisory Board of Berlinale’s Forum Expanded the Akademie der Künste der Welt in Cologne. She co-founded Kayfa ta, a non-profit publishing initiative that publishes in book and exhibition formats. She holds a B.Sc. in Architecture from University of Jordan, and a Masters of Research from Goldsmiths College.

Fawz Kabra was Assistant Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Abu Dhabi Project, New York (2014-2016). She earned her MA in curatorial studies at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (2013) and her BFA in studio arts at Concordia University in Montreal (2004). Previously, Fawz initiated and administered the Arts Grant Program at the Emirates Foundation, Art and Culture (2007) and went on to curate public programs at the Cultural Department, TDIC, Abu Dhabi (2008–2011). She co-curated the special project Brief Histories: Winter/Spring 2011 in Sharjah and Dubai, UAE (2011) and was Curator of Projects at Art Dubai in 2014.

Decolonizing Art Narratives: Arab Women Artists Today” is a collaboration between our Painting + printmaking department and the Fire Station: Artist in Residence, and it explores issues of gender, politics, colonialism, culture, and identity. The online lecture series asks how Arab women artists can revisit and rethink existing narratives in contemporary art.

Register now at https://vcu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7v8p4k-7S4uDVwzzxX_PbQ

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