In discussion with the internationally renowned artist, Emily Jacir Thursday, February 15th 2018, 12 – 1.30pm Rm. 285 Kroeber Hall


Emily Jacir

Natalia Brizuela, Associate Professor, Film and Media, and Spanish and Portuguese.

Ahmad Diab, Assistant Professor, Near Eastern Studies

Atreyee Gupta, Assistant Professor, Art History

Moderated by Allan deSouza, Art Practice


Emily Jacir’s work is primarily concerned with transformation, translation, resistance, and silenced historical narratives, investigating personal and collective movement and its implications on the experience of trans-Mediterranean space and time. Jacir has received numerous awards, including a Golden Lion at the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007); a Prince Claus Award (2007); the Hugo Boss Prize (2008); and the Herb Alpert Award (2011). Her works have been shown internationally, including at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; SFMoMA; dOCUMENTA (13), (2012); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2016); Venice Biennale (2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2013), as well as numerous other biennales and major exhibitions.

Natalia Brizuela’s work focuses on the arts, critical theory and aesthetics of Spanish America, Brazil and the Global South. She has authored three books: Photography and Empire; After Photography; and the forthcoming The Matter of Photography in the Americas that will accompany the exhibition she curated for Stanford University’s Art Museum, the Cantor Arts Center. She co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies (2015), on photographers Grete Stern and Horacio Coppola, and of a book of essays on experimental writer Osvaldo Lamborghini (2008). She is currently working on a study of time as critique in contemporary audio-visual aesthetics from the Global South.

Ahmad Diab received his B.A. from Damascus University, majoring in English Literature. His teaching and research interests are twentieth and twenty-first century Arabic literature, Middle Eastern cinema, and translation studies. He is currently working on a book manuscript, tentatively titled Impossible Exiles, which analyzes literary, artistic and filmic representations of Arabs in Palestinian cultural production.

Atreyee Gupta focusees on global modernisms and contemporary art, with an emphasis on South and Southeast Asia and its diaspora. She is completing a monograph on abstraction in interwar and postwar painting, sculpture, photography, and experimental film in South Asia. She has coedited The Postwar Reader (with Okwui Enwezor and Ulrich Wilmes), and Global Modernism/s: Infrastructures of Contiguities, ca. 1905–1965 (with Hannah Baader and Patrick Flores). Gupta’s essays have appeared in edited volumes, exhibition catalogs, and journals such as Art Journal, Yishu, and Third Text. She was previously the Jane Emison Assistant Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Allan deSouza is Associate Professor and Chair of the department of Art Practice. His work has been shown extensively in the US and internationally. His forthcoming book is How Art Can Be Thought: A Handbook for Change (Duke University Press, Fall ‘18).