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Institute Arab & Islamic Art  معهد الفن العربي والإسلامي

Untitled(Sandy soap) part of Exhibition 3 #Alex Ayed on view at #IAIA #InstituteofArabandIslamicArt

And/With: Iman Mersal + Aditi Machado
In collaboration with Belladonna*
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Tomorrow, May 14, 2018, 6:30-8:30pm
3 Howard Street, New York, NY 10013
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Seating is limited, please RSVP rsvp@instituteaia.org
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Belladonna* and IAIA are proud to co-present an evening of literature featuring Iman Mersal and Aditi Machado. The readings will be followed by a conversation between the two writers, moderated by Omar Berrada. New Belladonna* chaplets from each reader will be released and available for purchase at the night of the event.
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Aditi Machado’s reading and the following discussion will be conducted in English, while Iman Mersal’s reading, about the agency of accents and the displacement of voice, will alternate between English and Arabic. - Image credits Design by: Eps51 Graphic Design Studio, Berlin. Courtesy of Maha Maamoun.

May, 10th, 2018, 7pm
3 Howard Street, NY NY 10013
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IAIA invites you join us for a talk and reading with Brad Gooch, author of Rumi's Secret: The Life of the Sufi Poet of Love in conversation with Salar Abdoh. -
“Gooch’s biography brings the political and intellectual tumult of the early medieval era to life, producing vivid characters and memorable portraits of urban experience…a sensitive and passionate introduction.” — NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
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Please rsvp to rsvp@instituteaia.org by the 9th of May

Exhibition 3; Alex Ayed curated by @mrathani on view through June 3. Untitled(Sand 2) #IAIA #instituteaia #AlexAyed

Installing Exhibition 3: Alex Ayed - See you tomorrow evening 6-8pm #Instituteaia #IAIA #Exhibition3

Exhibition 3: Alex Ayed -
Opening May 1, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
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IAIA invites you to join us in celebrating the first U.S. solo exhibition of Alex Ayed in New York City.
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Exhibition 3:
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IAIA is pleased to present the first solo exhibition by Brussels and Tunis based artist Alex Ayed. Continuing the artist’s use of earthly and ephemeral materials, the exhibition will feature an intimate selection of sculptures, audio work and a site specific installation made of sand.
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Olive oil, sand, and deceased tiny creatures are among the materials employed in his sculptures. Both processed and natural, his paintings and sculptures takes shape organically and unfold into their final forms as they are installed in the gallery. Ayed gathers and transports sand from the desert of Tunisia, layering it onto the wall, as if unveiling the geological formations of a desert. A mound of sand is formed below by the residue falling from the wall. -
“He’s not interested in bringing forms that belong to other spaces and exoticize them into the white cube. He wants those forms to embody practices or postures, to be the physical incarnations of an oral tradition. Alex plays with objects the way poets play with words : through associations, he creates mental images and each assemblage could be the substantial equivalent of a haiku.” -Myriam Ben Salah
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Image ©: Photographed by Fiona Crott; Courtesy of Alex Ayed and Adrien Giros

Join us tomorrow Sunday April 15th for 'Publishing Process' a series of talks by and conversations with Lucien Samaha, Umber Mageed as Mantiq of the Mantis, and Mirene Arsanios. These artists, editors and publishers will explore publishing as artistic practice and will shed light on some current experimental publishing and editorial models from the Arab and Islamic region.
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Program Details
2:00-2:30 pm Lucien Samaha in conversation with Shehab Awad
2:45-3:15 pm Umber Mageed as Mantiq of the Mantis
3:30-4:30 pm Mirene Arasanios with a contributor from Makhzin’s latest issue
4:30-5:00 pm Open Q&A
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Seating is almost full, please RSVP to rsvp@instituteaia.org
Program details below
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Publishing Process begins with a conversation between the Lebanese-born photographer Lucien Samaha and IAIA’s exhibitions and programs associate, Shehab Awad, about the photographer’s growing library of self-published books, which function both as an archive of his projects and as finished works in their own right.
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Next, multidisciplinary artist Umber Mageed will present a talk about the Lahore-based experimental publishing house and community-sustained library, Mantiq of the Mantis, and its multifaceted programming on behalf of its founders Mehreen Murtaza and Sabeen Jameel.
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And finally, Mirene Arsanios, author and founding editor of the bilingual (English/Arabic) magazine Makhzin will talk about the periodical’s editorial process, which relies on both open-call submissions and commissions for its content, inviting a contributor from their third and latest issue, Dictationship, for a reading.
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A selection of various experimental publications and artist books will also be on display at IAIA, including publications by Lucien Samaha, Makhzin, the artist-collective Nile Sunset Annex and others.
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There will be a 15-minute break between each session.
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For more information about the program and the speakers follow the link on the bio.

Last few days to view Exhibition 2 Huguette Caland on view now at #IAIA. #HuguetteCaland #InstituteofArabandIslamicArt

Publishing Process with Lucien Samaha, Umber Mageed as Mantiq of the Mantis, and Mirene Arsanios.
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Join us at IAIA on Sunday April 15th for a series of talks by and conversations with artists, editors and publishers to explore publishing as artistic practice and to shed light on some current experimental publishing and editorial models from the region.
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Program Details
2:00-2:30 pm Lucien Samaha in conversation with Shehab Awad
2:45-3:15 pm Umber Mageed as Mantiq of the Mantis
3:30-4:30 pm Mirene Arasanios with a contributor from Makhzin’s latest issue
4:30-5:00 pm Open Q&A
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Seating is limited, please RSVP to rsvp@instituteaia.org by April 13, 2018
Program details below
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Publishing Process begins with a conversation between the Lebanese-born photographer Lucien Samaha and IAIA’s exhibitions and programs associate, Shehab Awad, about the photographer’s growing library of self-published books, which function both as an archive of his projects and as finished works in their own right.
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Next, multidisciplinary artist Umber Mageed will present a talk about the Lahore-based experimental publishing house and community-sustained library, Mantiq of the Mantis, and its multifaceted programming on behalf of its founders Mehreen Murtaza and Sabeen Jameel.
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And finally, Mirene Arsanios, author and founding editor of the bilingual (English/Arabic) magazine Makhzin will talk about the periodical’s editorial process, which relies on both open-call submissions and commissions for its content, inviting a contributor from their third and latest issue, Dictationship, for a reading.
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A selection of various experimental publications and artist books will also be on display at IAIA, including publications by Lucien Samaha, Makhzin, the artist-collective Nile Sunset Annex and others.
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There will be a 15-minute break between each session.
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For more information about the program and the speakers follow the link on the bio.

"A particularly laudable virtue of this latest presentation of her work is that it refuses the click-baity urge to foreground certain features that make Caland particularly enticing to a Western audience. In fact, it’s a relief that the institution is allowing the art to make its mark free from the burden of the overdetermined framework of the “taboo-breaking” lady artist." Part of Ania Szremski review of Huguette Caland for @4columnsmag

'Perhaps most importantly, the careful selection here, spanning more than fifty years, emphasizes the formal clarity of Caland’s erotic line—her ability to be sexually suggestive, almost comically naughty, while at the same time penning a feminist political critique of beauty, the body, and expectations of a woman’s place. The curation also explores Caland’s personal interpretation of the spectrum from figuration to abstraction, finding the crossover in her fashion design and then showing how it echoes in her drawings, where the least apparently representational patterns might in fact be studies for a hat.' Read the rest of Kaelen Wilson-Goldie's @kaelenwg review of Exhibition 2 Huguette Caland on ArtForum @artforum https://www.artforum.com/picks/institute-of-arab-and-islamic-art-74402

We would like to thank Fashion Historian Anna Yanofsky @onmywallinthe90s for an intriguing talk on the History of Caftan in Western Fashion. Thanks to everyone for attending and making this a successful event.

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