Opening Thursday, February 23rd, from 6PM - 8PM
Abdellah Karroum is Director of Mathaf, Arab Museum of Modern Art, Qatar. Karroum is the founder and artistic director of L’appartement22, an experimental collaborative space for exhibitions and artists’ residencies founded in 2002 in Rabat, Morocco.
The museum director will also discuss his recent research examining artistic production during the decade preceding the uprisings in Tunisia and the Arab World. Karroum will expand on the idea of a “generation 00” of artists working as citizens who produced works opposing and critically reading the political and social situations of the early 21st Century. Karroum’s research focuses on the years between 1999 and 2011, highlighting a long decade of disruptive artistic initiatives that preceded the so-called “revolutions” and political actions of the Arab Spring. Karroum suggests this “Generation 00, including artists Amal Kenawy (Egypt) and Manal Al Dowayan (Saudi Arabia), Ismail Bahri (Tunisia), and Mustapha Akrim (Morocco), intertwined politics with curatorial and editorial projects, offering new paths for change and citizen-led action.
Karroum’s presentation will be followed by a conversation with S. Hollis Clayson, Professor of Art History and Bergun Evans Professor in the Humanities and Brian Edwards, Crown Professor in Middle East Studies.
Presented in partnership with the Northwestern University Department of Art History and MENA: Middle East and North African Studies at Northwestern University and with the support of Buffett Institute at Northwestern and the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities.