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Saturday
14
APR

Process in Modern and Contemporary Islamic Art

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Helmut Stern Auditorium,
University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA)

The event is open to the public and entrance is free.

Islamic art history is an object-centered discipline. Its subject matter generally fits into a frame, vitrine, or photograph. Recent scholarship has departed from these rigid image boundaries, investigating the affective and performative qualities of Islamic artworks. This conference takes the next step and explores the significance of process itself in art-making, in time-based art forms such as performance art and moving images, as well as in conceptualizations of art as Islamic. The papers address Islamic art and related practices of the twentieth and twenty-first century from China, South Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and North America. The angle on the aesthetic value of process thereby opens new perspectives on how artists have shaped, claimed, and reclaimed Islamic art histories and futures.

9:00 AM
Coffee

9:15 – 9:30 AM
Introduction: Contours of Art
Martina Becker, University of Michigan

9:30 – 11:00 AM
Chair: Elizabeth Sears, University of Michigan

Fragments of a City in Flux: Ahmet Süheyl Ünver’s Art of Islam in 1920s Istanbul
Timur Hammond, Syracuse University

Vivid Ruins: Destruction as Process in Contemporary Iraqi Art
Elizabeth Rauh, University of Michigan

Coffee break

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Chair: Martina Becker

Islamic Calligraphy as Process Art in the Contemporary Museum
Emily Neumeier, Ohio State University

The Performed Symbolism of Islamic Ritual Practice in Contemporary Art
Nadia Kurd, Banff Centre for the Arts

Lunch break

2:30 – 4:00 PM
Chair: Nachiket Chanchani, University of Michigan

Process, Performance, and Temporality in Chaza Charafeddine's "Divine Comedy": A Critique of Contemporary Gender Politics in the Middle East
Charlotte Bank, Berlin

Cinema and Islamic Art: Transcendence and Eco-theology in the Filmmaking of Jamil Dehlavi
Ali Nobil Ahmad, Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient Berlin

Coffee break

4:30 – 6:00 PM
Chair: Farina Mir, University of Michigan

Early Filmmaking and Islam: Content, Acting, and Directing in the Late Ottoman Empire
Özde Çeliktemel-Thomen, University College London

Roundtable
The speakers in conversation with Iftikhar Dadi, Cornell University, and Martina Becker

This conference is organized by Martina Becker. It has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 705709 - ENART. Cosponsors are the University of Michigan Department of the History of Art, the Department of Near Eastern Studies, the Islamic Studies Program, the Center for South Asian Studies, and the University of Michigan Museum of Art.

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