tagged: orientalism

Uttering "Other": Across Berlin Slavs and Tatars Parse Language and Difference

by Vanessa Gravenor
Raised plastic titles display Arabic lettering. The text is slightly enlarged so that it imitates brail—raised to suggest that the shapes could be read with hands—turning texture into thought. A red exclamation point disrupts the script—a western interruption bordering on fusion. These are some of the constructed artifacts on display in the Preis der Nationalgalerie exhibition at Hamburger Bahnhof by the collective Slavs and Tatars, who were nominated for this year’s award. The collective... [more]
Posted by Vanessa Gravenor on 10/14/15

The Enduring Issues of Non-Western Exhibitions in the West

by Pınar Üner Yılmaz
Los Angeles County Art Museum has been serving as a fortress of non-Western Contemporary art in California. With previous exhibitions concentrating on the Far and the Middle East, LACMA has made promising attempts to alter the Western hegemony in Western institutions by showcasing non-Western art. With its current exhibition , LACMA presents a cross section of Middle Eastern and Islamic Art (for want of better terms). However, when we look closer at the tendencies of North American and Western... [more]
Posted by Pınar Üner Yılmaz on 5/18/15

Malala's Nobel Peace Prize: Images Speak Longer Than Words

by Stephanie Cristello
"This is a story of a native girl being saved by the white man. Flown to the UK, the Western world can feel good about itself as they save the native woman from the savage men of her home nation. It is a historic racist narrative that has been institutionalized." – Assed Baig, quoted in Middle East Revisited   Reception to Malala Yousafzai’s selection as a Nobel Peace Prize winner (shared with Kailash Satyarthi) earlier this month was met with mixed sentiments: from contemptuousness to... [more]
Posted by Stephanie Cristello on 10/20/14
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