Contemporary Arab Art

Edited by Rose Issa

Text by Etel Adnan

By (artist) Maliheh Afnan, Chant Avedissian, Ayman Baalbaki, Hassan Hajjaj, Bahia Shehab, Raeda Saadeh and Mona Hatoum

Published by: Saqi Books

160 pages, 9.80 x 7.90 in, 200 color photographs

  • Paperback
  • ISBN: 9780863566882
  • Published: September 2019


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Arabicity reflects on four decades of the aesthetic, conceptual, and socio-political concerns of contemporary Arab artists. Beautifully produced, it features over 200 artworks by 50 Arab artists including Bahia Shehab, Ayman Baalbaki, Hassan Hajjaj, and Raeda Saadeh, who explore their cultural heritage, and themes such as memory, destruction, and conflict, with great warmth, humour and visual poetry.

Whether through video art, painting, photography or installation, these artists challenge the confines of their identity, resist stereotyping, and reshape the parameters of their cultural traditions. In their diverse media and subject matter, their works reflect the pulse of the region. In chaos they discover what endures.