Import/export: the rise of art photography in the Middle East - 2011
Chelsea College of Arts
My research explores the recent global proliferation of photographic artworks in the Middle East. It describes how economic and cultural intersections inform and influence this newfound photographic activity, questions what visual referents portray the region’s diverse identities, why its aesthetics and production are distinct within the context of contemporary art, and how this new Arab and Persian ‘art world’ is evolving in comparison to more established art practices worldwide.
This serves as a prism for the examination of conditions, mechanisms and implications, which emergent photographic practices, critical frameworks and photographic art establish histories regionally, nationally and transnationally. My research is theory-based.
Professor Elizabeth Edwards (external, University of De Montfort)