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From Palestine to Berlin: Making Contemporary Art between Cultures,” Steve Sabella | The Museum of Fine Arts Houston


FotoFest 2014 “VIEW FROM INSIDE: Conference on Visual Art in the Arab World”


Founded in 1983, FotoFest created the first international biennial of photography and photo-related art in the United States, held biennially since 1986. This conference presents an overview of the history of Arab culture and art with a special focus on the history of visual, photographic, and media art. Talks and presentations are by Arab artists, scholars, arts professionals, and participants from the commercial and nonprofit art worlds.


  • Introduction/Welcome, Gary Tinterow, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
  • “FotoFest 2014 Biennial—VIEW FROM INSIDE,” Wendy Watriss, FotoFest
  • Curatorial Overview: The Exhibitions and Forums, Karin Adrian von Roques, FotoFest 2014 Arab Exhibitions
  • “What is the Arab World?” Ussama Makdisi, Rice University
  • “Art and Culture in the Arab Worlds: Historical Overview and Art in the Arab World Today,” Salawa Mikdadi, art historian
  • “History of Photography in the Arab World,” Samer Mohdad, artist, Fondation Arabe pour l’Image, Beirut
  • “From Palestine to Berlin: Making Contemporary Art between Cultures,” Steve Sabella, artist
  • Question and Answer, Steve Sabella, artist; Samer Mohdad, artist; and Salwa Mikdadi, art historian


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