Center for the study of Arab art opens in Abu Dhabi

'Our narrative on art in this world region is necessary'

14 January, 12:10

    NAPLES - The Arab Center for the Study of Art has opened at New York University Abu Dhabi. The academic center in the capital of the emirate is dedicated to visual arts of Asia and North Africa and is located in Saadiyat Campus. It will also organize events and prepare publications on the history of Arab arts. The center also has a program of art residencies.
    It will be directed by Salwa Mikdadi, the newspaper The National reported. Mikdadi is a professor of art history at the university in Abu Dhabi. She is considered one of the top experts in the history of Arab and contemporary art, and she will be aided by two other professors, May Al Dabbagh, and Shamoon Zamir.
    ''We need to set our own standards, our own historical narrative about this region, from this region'', Mikdadi was quoted as saying by the newspaper. ''We're looking at revising the canon of art history in this region''.
    The center is opening in a university which focuses its research on the entire Arab world, with 80 research centers that range from climate models to the history of family businesses in the Middle East and North Africa. One of the highlights will be the multi-disciplinary approach to better contextualize Arab art, compared to how it is seen by external sources.

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