How do we define the Middle East? Can the Middle East be understood as a fixed physical entity or is it a dynamic and shifting definition, moulded by changing historical, social and political realities? What place does the diaspora play in defining contemporary Middle Eastern culture? This session investigates contemporary and historical definitions of the Middle East and how these impact on the making and distribution of art.
Keynote Talk: Derek Gregory (Professor of Geography, University of British Colombia, Vancouver)
Panel Discussion with Issa Touma (artist, curator and founder of Le Pont Art Organization and Gallery, Aleppo Syria), Zineb Sedira (artist),Rahraw Omarzad (editor, Gahnama-e-Hunar and founder, Centre for Contemporary Art,Afghanistan), Yto Barrada (artist and founder of Cinematheque Tangiers), Eyal Weizman (director, Centre for Research Architecture, GoldsmithsCollege) (tbc) and chaired by David Elliott (artistic director, Sydney Biennale)