The Authoritarian Turn @ NYUAD, Sep 9

8 September 2014

The New York University Abu Dhabi Institute (NYUAD) will be hosting a discussion titled The Authoritarian Turn: On the State of the Egyptian Intelligentsia at their NYC location on September 9.

Bringing together a group of writers and scholars renowned on the subject, Bidoun and the legendary New Directions publishing house celebrate the launch of Sonallah Ibrahim‘s Stealth and take on the Egyptian intellectual in the wake of President Mohamed Morsi’s dramatic fall.

In particular, exploring the public intellectual’s support for military-backed and often extremely violent leadership, moderated by Bidoun editor Negar Azimi, authors including Khaled Fahmy, Mona El Ghobashy, and Robyn Creswell “reflect on a year in which moral compasses have been cast hopelessly askew”.

See the Bidoun event page for details. **


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Frieze New York, May 9 – 12

8 May 2014

Frieze Art Fair New York is running in the US city, May 9 to 12.

Aside from the sadly emblematic union with a clothing brand, there are still things potentially worth seeing at the art fair if you’re planning on going anyway.

There’ll be talks from Masha Alekhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova of (but not of) Pussy Riot, poet, author and founder of ubuweb, Kenneth Goldsmith and artistic director of documenta 14
Adam Szymczyk.

Some gallery booths and potential artworks to see include Artists Space, representing the likes of Bernadette Corporation, Metahaven, Loretta Fahrenholz, Ed Atkins and DUOX, Gallery Hyundai with YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTIRES and Nam June Paik and Bortolami.

Other artists potentially scattered across booths include Ned Vena at White Columns, Xu Zhen with Long March Space, Camille Henrot at Galerie Kamel Mennour, Tabor Robak and Cory Arcangel for team (gallery, inc.), as well as Sophia Al-Maria, Slavs and Tatars, Shirin Aliabadi and Hassan Hajjaj at The Third Line and Ian Cheng and Emily Wardill of Standard Oslo.

Artists from Carlos/Ishikawa, Clages, Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Tanya Leighton and Société will also be represented, as well as a booth for Bidoun with publications and a “10th anniversary Donkey-Ouroboros-Nasreddin tote bag” available to buy.

See the Frieze Art Fair website for details. **

Header image: Camille Henrot, ‘Grosse Fatigue’ (2013).

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