The last decade has witnessed the inauguration and reopening of several art institutions across several cities in the Arab world, with some slated to open their doors within the near future. How do these institutions position themselves within a constantly shifting cultural and political topography? What are the mechanisms that frame their outreach initiatives? This roundtable provides insight into several institutions that operate within distinct social and cultural contexts and seeks to raise pertinent questions about the role of art and civic engineering in an increasingly polarised world.
Speakers: Aleya Hamza, (Founding director of Gyopsum Gallery in Cairo), Nuria Medina (director, Art and Culture at Casa Arabe, Madrid), Dawn Ross (head of collections, Art Jameel, Dubai, Jeddah). Moderato da Sam Bardaouil (special advisor, Hub Middle Est and founder, Art Reoriented).