Overview

Speakers

MM 2021 speakers and participants include Tarek Abou El Fetouh (curator); Mona Al Khaja (artist); Hisham Al Madhloum (Chairman, Sharjah Arts Collection); Noora Al Mualla (Director of Learning and Research, Sharjah Art Foundation); Hoor Al Qasimi (President and Director, Sharjah Art Foundation); John Akomfrah (artist, filmmaker); Yousif Aydabi (Cultural Advisor, Sheikh Dr Sultan Al Qasimi Centre); Sammy Baloji (visual artist and Co-founder of the Lubumbashi Biennale); Ute Meta Bauer (Founding Director, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore and Professor, School of Art, Design and Media, NTU); Zarina Bhimji (artist); Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev (Director, Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art and Director, Fondazione Francesco Federico Cerruti); Lucrezia Cippitelli (scholar, curator); Iftikhar Dadi (Associate Professor, History of Art and Director, South Asia Program, Cornell University); Catherine David (Deputy Director, National Museum of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou); Omar Dewachi (Associate Professor of Anthropology, Rutgers University); Manthia Diawara (Professor, NYU, and filmmaker); Bongiwe Dhlomo–Mautloa (artist, curator); Anita Dube (artist, curator); Ehab Ellaban (Director, Center of Arts, Cairo); Reem Fadda (Director, Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation); Coco Fusco (artist, writer and Professor, Cooper Union School of Art); Elizabeth Giorgis (Associate Professor, University of Addis Ababa); Thembinkosi Goniwe (Assistant Professor of Art History, Rhodes University); Hou Hanru (Artistic Director, MAXXI); Yuko Hasegawa (Artistic director, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo and Professor, Tokyo University of the Arts); Salah M. Hassan (Director, The Africa Institute, Sharjah and Goldwin Smith Professor, Cornell University); Ryan Inouye (Senior Curator, Sharjah Art Foundation); Eungie Joo (Curator of Contemporary Art, San Francisco Museum of Art); Geeta Kapur (art critic, curator); Mohammed Kazem (artist); Omar Kholeif (Director of Collections and Senior Curator, Sharjah Art Foundation); Vasif Kortun (curator); Adrian Lahoud (Dean, School of Architecture, Royal College of Art, London, Co-chair, Rights of Future Generations Working Group and curator, first Sharjah Architecture Triennial); Peter Lewis (curator); Arshiya Lokhandwala (art historian, curator and Founder, Lakeeren Art Gallery); Margarita Gonzalez Lorente (Vice Director, 13th edition of Havana Biennial and Curator, International Contemporary Art, National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana); Amina Menia (artist); Gabi Ngcobo (curator, educator); Otobong Nkanga (artist); Chika Okeke-Agulu (Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Art & Archaeology, Princeton University); Jack Persekian (Director, Al Ma'mal Foundation); Qudsia Rahim (Executive Director, Lahore Biennale Foundation and Director, Lahore Biennale); Uzma Z. Rizvi (Associate Professor of Anthropology and Urban Studies); Enrique Rivera (Director, Biennial of Media Arts of Santiago); Alex Dika Saggerman (Assistant Professor, Rutgers University) Nada Shabout (Professor, Art History and Coordinator, Contemporary Arab and Muslim Cultural Studies Initiative, University of North Texas); Sadia Shirazi (Cornell University and Whitney Independent Study Program); Suha Shoman (Founder and Chair, Darat Al Funun, The Khalid Shoman Foundation); Aisha Stoby (curator, researcher); Alia Swastika (curator); Rayyane Tabet (artist); John Tain (Head of Research, Asia Art Archive); Ming Tiampo (Professor, Art History, Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture, Carleton University and Co-Director, Centre for Transnational Cultural Analysis); Christine Tohmé (Founding Director, Ashkal Alwan); Françoise Vergès (author, public educator, decolonial feminist); Andrea Wallace (Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Exeter); Octavio Zaya (Executive Director, Cuban Art Foundation); and Tirdad Zolghadr (Associate Curator, KW Institute for Contemporary Art and Artistic Director, Sommerakademie Paul Klee).

Overview

Akomfrah, John

Akomfrah, John

Artist

John Akomfrah’s works are characterised by their investigations into memory, post-colonialism, temporality and aesthetics and often explore the experiences of migrant diasporas globally.

Al Khaja, Mona

Al Khaja, Mona

Artist

Mona Al Khaja is a visual artist whose work is known for its Islamic patterns, Arabic calligraphy and natural elements. She explores social issues and the struggles present in modern society through painting and multimedia. 

Al Madhloum, Hisham

Al Madhloum, Hisham

Artist

Hisham Al Madhloum is a founding member of the Emirates Fine Arts Society, Emirates Photography Society and Al Marsam Al Hor studio at the UAE University.

Al Mualla, Noora

Al Mualla, Noora

Noora Al Mualla is Director of Learning and Research at Sharjah Art Foundation.

Al Qasimi, Hoor

Al Qasimi, Hoor

Director, Sharjah Art Foundation

President and Director of Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF), is a curator who established Sharjah Art Foundation in 2009 as a catalyst and advocate for the role of art in Sharjah, the UAE, regionally and internationally.

Al-Baqsami, Thuraya

Al-Baqsami, Thuraya

Artist, Writer

Thuraya Al-Baqsami is a visual artist, journalist and writer whose work engages with poetics and politics, feminism and the feminine.

Aydabi, Yousif

Aydabi, Yousif

Writer

Dr Yousif Aydabi is a poet, playwright, film critic and academic. He is currently the Cultural Advisor at the Dr Sultan Al Qasimi Centre for Gulf Studies and Advisor to the Arab Theater Authority in Sharjah.

Bauer, Ute Meta

Bauer, Ute Meta

Curator

Ute Meta Bauer is a curator of exhibitions and presentations on contemporary art, film, video and sound that connect artistic work with other disciplines.

Bhimji, Zarina

Bhimji, Zarina

Artist

Through the diverse mediums of photography, film and installation, Zarina Bhimji’s practice engages with questions of institutional power and vulnerability, universality and intimacy.

Christov-Bakargiev, Carolyn

Christov-Bakargiev, Carolyn

Curator, Researcher

Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev is a curator who researches artistic practices, the histories of art, and the politics of aesthetics and multispecies co-evolution.

Dadi, Iftikhar

Dadi, Iftikhar

Art Historian, Artist

Art historian and artist Iftikhar Dadi is an associate professor in Cornell University’s Department of the History of Art and director of the South Asia Program.

David, Catherine

David, Catherine

Art Historian, Curator

Catherine David is deputy director of the Musée national d’Art moderne (MNAM) and head of the Research and Globalisation department at the Centre Georges Pompidou.

Diawara, Manthia

Diawara, Manthia

Writer, Filmmaker

Manthia Diawara is a writer, filmmaker, cultural theorist and art historian.

Contemporary artist and art historian Anita Dube’s practice is primarily based in sculpture but also includes photography, video, installation and performance.

Ellaban, Ehab

Ellaban, Ehab

Curator, Artist

Ehab Ellaban is a curator, cultural operator and sculptor whose creative practice includes contemporary sculpture often conceptualised for public open space commissions.

Enrique Rivera Gallardo

Enrique Rivera Gallardo

Curator, Researcher

In his work as Director of the Media Art Biennale, Santiago, Enrique Rivera Gallardo develops research for audiovisual installations.

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