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Seeking art and chapter contributions for An Echoing Resistance: Art of the Arab Spring and Its Aftermath (working title). This volume is intended to inhabit the cusp between a visual art catalogue and a critical study of the art of dissent – as represented by gallery art, videos, photos, painting, sculpture, digital art, the Internet, cartoons, satire, caricature, and street and performance art – during and after the so-called Arab Spring that took place in Egypt, Tunisia, Bahrain, Syria, and other countries in North Africa and the Middle East. What may have been the most effective and/or internationally noted works of the art of political dissent, and why? Who are some of the artists and what are their stories? What art – under or above ground ─ is being made today? What is its effect on and how does it reflect current crises? Has the art of the Arab Spring followed refugees into exile? What has been the continuing role of the activist artist in supporting and encouraging dissent in the aftermath of the uprisings? What of shared aesthetics and exchanges of ideas? What of feminist claims? Use of public spaces? Diverse perspectives? What influence might the art of the Arab Spring have had globally (e.g., on the Occupy Movement in the United States) and how might it influence future protest art and alliances in the art of resistance?
A small segment of the book will be devoted to artists in the diaspora and how some reacted, expressed and continue to express their solidarity with the Arab Spring and its hopes.
Please send your abstract of 250 words in English, with accompanying images (including explanatory captions) and a 100-word biography or send artwork in JPEG format, 300 dpi or larger, with a 300- to 500-word artist statement about the work and a 100-word biography to Jennifer Heath, firstname.lastname@example.org by April 15, 2017.
Jennifer Heath is an independent scholar, art curator, award-winning activist and cultural journalist and the author or editor of twelve books of fiction and non-fiction, including A House White With Sorrow: A Ballad for Afghanistan, On the Edge of Dream: The Women of Celtic Myth and Legend, The Scimitar and the Veil: Extraordinary Women of Islam, The Veil: Women Writers on Its History, Lore, and Politics, Land of the Unconquerable: The Lives of Contemporary Afghan Women (co-edited with Ashraf Zahedi) and, also with Zahedi, Children of Afghanistan: The Path to Peace. Her many art exhibitions include Water, Water Everywhere: Paean to a Vanishing Resource, The Veil: Visible & Invisible Spaces, Black Velvet: The Art We Love to Hate, and The Map is Not the Territory: Parallel Paths—Palestinians, Native Americans, Irish. In 2016, she conceived and chaired a city-wide project, Celebration! A History of the Visual Arts in Boulder, and recently began a blog with her colleague Wahid Omar, “[Inter] Nationals: True Stories of Immigration,” which will go live in April 2017.