Creative provocations shaped the 2011 revolutions that rocked the Middle East and North Africa. Six years later, repression and the absence of political freedoms have stunted opportunities for change. Yet, time and again, Arab visual artists and novelists offer the boldest critiques of resurgent autocracy. ICWA Fellow and award-winning journalist Jonathan Guyer has brought together prominent artists, critics and writers, this symposium will consider emerging trends in the visual and literary cultures of the contemporary Middle East and their relationship to discursive politics. Comics, paintings, and fiction will set the stage for a new way of thinking about a region that is too often reduced to security considerations.


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