Hudood-Rethinking Boundaries digital cover

Hudood-Rethinking Boundaries digital cover

Hudood: Rethinking Boundaries


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This publication accompanies Hudood: Rethinking Boundaries, a collaborative exhibition led by SOAS students and held at the SOAS Gallery, is set to take place from July 11 to September 21, 2024. The exhibition introduces contemporary art drawn from the Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah with a focus on the overarching theme of "Boundaries" as both a subject and a tool for meaningfully accessing a diverse array of art from the SWANA region.

Edited by: Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi, Natasha Morris.

Introductory essays by: Lina Khatib, Natasha Morris,Venetia Porter, Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi.

Essays & Interviews by: Chloe-Kate Abel, Shamsa Alnahyan, Elika Blake, Clara Ewert,Safa Kamran, Antonis Kentonis, Suparna Shankaranand Natesan.

Book design: Nathalie ElMir

Barjeel Art Foundation is an independent, Sharjah-based initiative established by Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi in 2010 to manage, preserve and exhibit an extensive collection of over 1,200 pieces of Modern and Contemporary Art from North Africa and West Asia. The foundation’s guiding principle is to foster critical dialogue around modern and contemporary art practices, with a focus on artists with Arab heritage internationally. The foundation strives to create an open-ended inquiry that responds to and conveys the nuances inherent to Arab histories beyond the borders of culture and geography. Since its inception, the Foundation has held 40 art exhibitions both locally in the United Arab Emirates, and internationally in cities like Singapore, Paris, London, Berlin, Toronto, New York, Boston, Tampa, New Haven, Amman, Kuwait, Alexandria, Baku and Tehran—allowing global audiences to gain first-hand access to Arab art. Notable collaborations include projects like ‘The Sea Suspended’ at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMoCA) in 2016, and ‘Taking Shape: Abstraction From the Arab World, 1950s-1980’ at the Grey Art Gallery, New York University in 2020, which went on to tour four additional venues in the US. The Foundation has also loaned artworks to over 110 institutions globally, including museums like Tate Liverpool and Tate St. Ives, MoMA PS1, The Art Institute of Chicago, Mori Museum, and others.


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Publication Date:
Thursday, July 11, 2024
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