Slavs & Tatars @ NYUAD, Feb 28 – Mar 31

26 February 2015

The NYUAD Art Gallery is bringing in a new major exhibition by art collective Slavs and Tatars, titled Mirrors for Princes and on view from February 28 through May 30, 2015.

The show is the collective’s most ambitious one to date, spreading over 650 square meters and three radically diverse environments. The exhibition and the book that accompanies it trace modern obsession with self-help to the medieval genre of political science – “mirrors for princes” like Machiavelli’s The Prince – in Muslim and Christian traditions.

The first of the exhibition’s environments is a five-channel audio installation portraying a series of mirrored speakers enact play excerpts from an 11th-century “mirror for prince” text in five different languages. The next environment is a “psychadelic” gallery featuring glowing, fetishistic sculptures focused around the notion of grooming, and the last is a serene reading room and tea house.

The accompanying book, published by JRP|Ringier and also titled Mirrors for Princes, is comprised of a hybrid of original art and scholarly research with a series of essays specially commissioned for the exhibition.

See the Slavs and Tatars exhibition page for details. **


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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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