June 10, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 192 Pages - 37 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367244781 - CAT# K422909
Series: Routledge Advances in Art and Visual Studies
This book focuses on the expanding contemporary art scene in Syria, particularly Damascus, during the first decade of the twenty-first century.
The decade was characterized by a high degree of experimentation as young artists began to work with artistic media that were new in Syria, such as video, installation and performance art. They were rethinking the role of artists in society and looking for ways to reach audiences in more direct manners and address socio-cultural and socio-political issues.
The book will be of interest for scholars of global and Middle Eastern art studies, and also for scholars interested in the recent social and cultural history of Syria and the wider Middle East.
1. "Culture is Humanity’s Highest Needs": Art and Artists between Autonomy and Coercion
2. Commitment, Critique and the Power of Imagination
3. Creating Meaning in Visual art: Technique, Critique and Subject Matter
4. Singing in the Kingdom of Silence: Syrian Artists and the International Art World