Coming up at ArteEast

ArteEast 2011 Benefit Auction and Reception, The Watermill Center/ArteEast Partnership, Virtual Gallery,  Arte'Zine, and Shahadat.


ArteEast 2011 Benefit Auction and Reception

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

6 – 9 p.m.

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The Watermill Center / ArteEast Partnership

The Watermill Center and ArteEast are pleased to announce Abbas Akhavan as the recipient of a special residency supporting the development of a new work by artists based in the Middle East and North Africa.

Akhavan will be developing Phantom Head, a new multi-disciplinary work that uses madness as an artistic strategy for political means.

Born in Tehran, Iran, Abbas Akhavan currently resides in Canada where he received his Masters of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia in 2006. His practice ranges from site-specific ephemeral installations to drawing, video and performance. Akhavan's recent works focus on domestic spaces of the home and those just outside the garden, the backyard, and other landscapes.

Look out for Abbas Akhavan's work in our Gallery, curated by Dina Ibrahim, as well as other special talks and more!



Artist: Babak Golkar

Curator: Dina Ibrahim

This Gallery initiates a series focusing on artists that turn misconceptions confining contemporary Middle Eastern art to an extension of modernism on their head. Through the clever combination of architecture and Modernist signifiers, the artist featured , Babak Golkar, highlights the problematic nature of following a linear path of art history across different cultures.  At the same time, he examines the tension between and poses questions of possible co-existence between such seminal movements as Modernism and pre-modern or traditional Middle Eastern art forms exemplified in Persian nomadic carpet patterns and weaving. In doing this, he forces viewers to consider the origins and ends of both, coming to the conclusion that they are more related than we know, and in more ways than we expect.



Curator: Shuruq Harb


In the fall edition of Arte'Zine, Shuruq Harb curates a meditation on street signs and itinterant mapping, all the while dismantling the fixity of signs as stable producers of knowledge and history.

New commissions by Katrina Sluis, Leah Gordon, and Leora Maltz-Leca cast a fresh lens on works by Guy Tillim and Barney Kulok. Harb's own startling new work, All The Names, collects 210 Ramallah street names named after individuals in a meticulously rendered and infinitely complex investigation of these signs and the particular geographies in which they are situated.


Author: Ma'n Abu Taleb

Translators: Barrak Alzaid and Alex Ortiz

This month Shahadat features emerging young Arab writer Ma'n Abu Taleb. Abu Taleb grew up in Jordan and now lives in London where he works in communications and studies philosophy and contemporary critical theory. He has published stories and articles in Al Quds Al Arabi, Al Ra’i, Jadaliyya and Qadita. Ma’n is currently working on his first collection of short stories.

That's Where I was Standing and The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, the two
stories featured, each rely on a powerful narrative figure to convey the complex trajectory of inherited violence. Pairing these stories together highlights the differing trajectories that violence can take when mapped through the quotidian exercise of a daily run for errands, or training for a run.

Shahadat is curated by Rayya El Zein and Alex Ortiz.