Truth Is Black / Examining Arab Art Today – 30th Anniversary Publication

Published in 2020 by The Khalid Shoman Foundation
Vol.1 & 2 edited by Eline van der Vlist
Vol.2 co-edited with Amin Alsaden
Book designed by Hans Gremmen
ISBN 9789082148435
2 volumes, 17x24 cm, 232 + 96 pages in hard slipcase, pb, English

Vol. 1: Truth Is Black, Write Over It With a Mirage’s Light

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the launch of its initiative in support of contemporary Arab artists, Darat al Funun-The Khalid Shoman Foundation invited artists to pause and reflect, to re-imagine our world, and to reinvent their narrative following the challenge set by Mahmoud Darwish: ‘Truth is black, write over it with a mirage’s light’. Volume 1 documents the exhibitions and events held over 2018. It presents different encounters between artists of our time and their place in the world today, together forming a constellation of new narratives and interrogations.

Introduction by Eline van der Vlist.

Vol. 2: Knowledge Production: Examining Arab Art Today

In the summer of 2018, a public colloquium brought recipients of the Darat al Funun Dissertation Fellowship for Modern and Contemporary Arab Art (est. 2011) together in Amman for the first time to examine the ways in which knowledge about Arab art is generated and disseminated. Volume 2 documents the findings of the colloquium. It presents a new generation of scholars who are expanding knowledge about Arab art, challenging previous paradigms, and calling for a reassessment of conventional narratives about the region.

Foreword by Suha Shoman. Introduction by Amin Alsaden. Essays by Edward (Ted) McDonald-Toone, Elizabeth Rauh, Fares Chalabi, Holiday Powers, and Nisa Ari. Commentary by Silvia Naef.