I first came across Samih al-Qasim’s poetry in Emile Habiby’s The Pessoptimist, which begins with the following poem from The Quran of Death and Jasmine: You men! You women! You sheiks and rabbis and cardinals! And, you, nurses and textile workers! You have waited so long And the postman has not knocked on your door Bringing you the letters you desire … You men! You women! Do not wait. Do not wait! Take off your sleeping clothes And write […]
Art about maps and the Middle East, from Lebanese/Palestinian artist Mona Hatoum’s many maps, such as Bukhara (above), to Jordanian artist Oraib Toukan’s The New(er) Middle East and Saudi Abdulnasser Gharem’s No More Tears map. Mona Hatoum – Mappings from Serpentine Gallery on Vimeo. Hatoum approaches cartography and mapping in its perverse dimension of control, incorporating geopolitics and biopolitics: the relations of domination and exploitation among territories, as well as the control of life conditions and migrations…Hatoum dissects the infinite […]
Syrian cartoonist Ali Farzat talks at Oslo’s Freedom Forum and Reel Festival, as part of a panel on ‘Culture under Fire’ with author Manhal Sarraj, Asian Dub Foundation singer Steve Chadra Savale, academic and activist Donatella Dellaratta and author Robin Yassin Kassab.