Cosmic Roads: Relocating Modernism - York Islamic Art Circle

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“Cosmic Roads: Relocating Modernism”

with Dr Morad Montazami (Tate)

on Tuesday 6th March 2018

from 6:30pm – 8pm

at the Bowland Auditorium, Berrick Saul Building, University of York, YO10 5DD

Attendance by free ticket only


Abstract: The project Cosmic Roads: Relocating Modernism targets a curatorial platform. It aims at presenting a series of exhibitions and publications highlighting the artistic and intellectual legacies of key modern Arab and Iranian artists, mainly within the postcolonial context 1950-1970s. It wishes to explore their contribution towards a wider art history, beyond their primary role as painters and sculptors: as researchers, critics, designers, photographers, political activists and more. The word “cosmic” acts as a reminder of the word “cosmopolitan” whilst taking its internationalist discourse forward. It implies somehow that artistic journeys can be real as well as imaginary, geographic as well as conceptual. Hence the exhibition space shall become a speculative tool to capture, map out and re-enact those “cosmic roads”.  

About the Speaker:  Morad Montazami is an art historian, a publisher and a curator. He works as a research-curator “Middle East and North Africa” for the Tate Modern (London). He published several essays on artists such as Jeremy Deller, Francis Alÿs, Zineb Sedira, Éric Baudelaire, Walid Raad, Latif al-Ani, Bahman Mohassess, Mohammed Melehi, Faouzi Laatiris... He also runs the journal Zamân (Textes, images et documents) as editor-in-chief and Zamân Books publishing as director, committed to explore transnational studies of Arab, Asian and African modernities.