Wednesday, 3rd April 2019

CorkDFAS lecture

“Contemporary women artists from the Middle East and North Africa: ‘speaking back’ to the Orientalist tradition”


Mary Kelly (née Healey) *

Lecturer in Design History, CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork

at the Metropole Hotel, MacCurtain Street, Cork City Centre

reception at 7 p.m., lecture begins at 7:45 p.m. All welcome, non-members €15, students €5.

Dr Kelly will focus on art objects created by contemporary women artists from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). ‘Zeynep Çelik refers to the impact of postcolonial theory on 19th-century Orientalist art as the MENA (and elsewhere) ‘Speaking back to the Orientalist discourse’ [Çelik, 2002, 39]. Using this idea as a platform for discussion, Dr Kelly will consider the ways in which contemporary women artists from different countries and cultures in the MENA are employing Islamic iconography and western Orientalist imagery in their artworks for the purpose of ‘speaking back’ to their local and global experiences.

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