February 10, 2021

Decolonizing Art Narratives: Arab Women Artists Today

Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar

Bahia Shehab, Institut des Cultures d’Islam, Paris, France. Paint on wood, October 2017–October 2018. Photo: © aruallan. Courtesy of the artist.

Spring 2021 Speakers
February 17: Bahia Shehab / February 24: Lamia Joreige / March 17: Nadia Ayari / March 24: Sama Alshaibi / March 31: Ala Younis / April 7: Alia Ali

Fall 2021 Speakers
August 25: Iman Issa / September 8: Youmna Chlala / September 22: Monira Al-Qadiri / October 6: Nadia Kaabi Linke / October 13: Ghada Khunji / November 3: Abeer AlKuwari / November 10: Noor AbuIssa / November 17: Diana AlHadid

Curators: Rola Khayyat and Dr. Aissa H. Deebi / Project Assistant: Haneen Elbasuni

The Painting and Printmaking department at VCUarts in Qatar is proud to present Decolonizing Art Narratives: Arab Women Artists Today, an online lecture series in collaboration with Doha Fire Station (AIR). This lecture series brings together critical female Arab voices in contemporary art.

The first of a one academic year lecture-series presenting a dynamic group of Arab female artists and practitioners across disciplines and regions in the Middle East exploring issues of gender, politics, colonialism, culture and identity. This lecture series asks: How might we revisit and rethink existing narratives in contemporary art? The lectures as a whole reinforce the focus theme—the pursuit of decolonized art narratives.

Lectures via Zoom: Wednesdays, 8pm AST
All lectures are free and attendance is open to the public. Online registration is required. For more information and to RSVP, visit: Arab Women Artists Today.

The VCUarts Department of Painting + Printmaking is a vibrant community centered on both practice and research. Students build skills in painting, drawing and printmaking but are also given opportunities to participate in an expanded field that includes socially engaged practices, creative coding, video, performance and more. We offer both BFA and MFA degrees in addition to interdisciplinary models of education in partnership with other areas across the university. Alumni from this program have gone on to careers as artists, teachers, gallerists, curators, arts administrators and master printers.

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