Exchanges, circulation and (re) appropriation in modern art of the Arab world
“Arab artistic modernity is built on appropriation and reappropriation, in the present and the past: the fruit of reflection, but also of circulation, exchanges and time spent abroad by the artists. Historiography is still very embryonic in this field; it will, therefore, be a question of tracing some tracks, especially with regard to the Parisian stays of certain founding artists in the period between 1945 and 1970.”
Silvia Naef is a regular professor at the Arabic Unit of the University of Geneva and Director of the Middle East Masters programme (MAMO). She has taught at the universities of Basel and Tübingen (1995-2001), as well as Toronto (2007-2009) and has lectured in Sassari (2012), Göttingen (2013), at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris (2016) and at St Joseph University in Beirut (2017). A specialist in modern art in the Arab world and the question of images in Islam, she edited the publication Visual Modernity in the Arab World, Turkey and Iran: Reintroducing the ‘Missing Modern’ (Asiatische Studien/Etudes Asiatiques, 2016).
She is the author of: Y a-t-il une question de l’image en Islam? (2004, republished 2015; German 2007; Italian 2011; Farsi 2015); A la recherche d’une modernité arabe, L’évolution des arts plastiques en Egypte, au Liban et en Irak (1996; Arabic 2008). She was the head of the research project Other Modernities: Patrimony and Practices of Visual Expression Outside the West (2013-2017), supported by the Swiss National Fund for Scientific Research.