FIELD REVIEW Issue 2: MIDDLE EAST

In Collaboration with ArteEast         (To review the full issue now published click here)

Stvdio El Sham, Abu Zuhair, The Official Portrait Copyright Omarivs

Stvdio El Sham, Abu Zuhair, The Official Portrait Copyright Omarivs


In its second iteration, the online journal Field Review this year spotlights Middle East and North Africa with essays on seven case studies about current manifold creative threads woven in the MENA region. Exploration of goings on in the area bears myriad contemporary formations including inaugural museum exhibitions, satellite biennials, design fairs, and emerging collectives. Prevalent subjects encountered en route include malleable, yet inquisitive approaches to fluidity of history; struggle and resistance infuse into each microcosm at times when socio-political tumult affects the region and the globe. Mining the trajectories creative thinkers have pursued and aim to facilitate, one unearths decades long artistic fortitude that helped determine current trends.
 
Penned by contributors familiar with the region, each essay adapts a single core topic among which are upcoming happenings such as The Jerusalem Lives exhibition at The Palestinian Museum, Amman Design Week, and Sharjah Biennial’s Beirut leg, as well as Parkingallery in Tehran, collaborative duo Stvdio El Sham, La Colonie in Paris, and artists Iz Oztat & Fatma Belkis. Stemming from these initial concepts, the essayists reach further extents in utterance of personal and shared declarations on identity, oppression, conflict, subtlety, and memory. The contributors in this iteration of Field Review include Edwin Nasr & Bassem Saad, Ruba Katrib, Maymanah Farhat, Yasaman Alipour, Chayma Drira, f-architecture, and Osman Can Yerebakan.

 
Osman Can Yerebakan
Editor of Field Review, 2017