Ibraaz is the leading critical forum on visual culture across the Middle East and North Africa. It publishes an annual online platform – consisting of essays, interviews, artists' projects, and platform responses – that focuses on research questions conceived through a network of editorial contributors based in the Middle East and beyond. The key editorial aim is to publish, alongside work by internationally renowned writers, academics, curators, activists, and filmmakers, emerging writers and artists, over 400 original contributions have been published since launching.
In addition to its online publishing activities, Ibraaz has also prodcued a number of books concerned with various aspects of the visual culture in the Middle East. To date, these have included Future Imperfect: Contemporary Art Practices and Cultural Institutions in the Middle East (Sternberg Press, 2016); Dissonant Archives: Contemporary Visual Culture and Contested Narratives in the Middle East (I.B. Tauris, 2015); and Uncommon Grounds: New Media and Critical Practices in North Africa and the Middle East (I.B. Tauris, 2014).
We initiated Ibraaz in an effort to address the vast gap of critical knowledge production in our region, highlight Middle Eastern perspectives in the contemporary art discourse and create space for exchange and discussion in an underserved region. Ibraaz has been key to contextualising and supporting a number of established and emerging artists, writers and movements of recent visual culture production in North African and the Middle East.
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