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A necessary dialogue: JAOU Tunis 2015

Do conferences matter? Especially when they are called “Visual Culture in the Age of Global Conflict”? Can we discuss art and politics in a way that is productive, non-reductive, and leads to some tangible outcomes? Who learns, benefits and evolves at a conference that calls for cultural exchange and dialogue, apart from the 200 participants […]

Une exposition étonnante à Tunis : Lumières du sacré

Le mois dernier, à l’invitation du maire de Tunis et président de la fondation des villes tunisiennes, je suis invité à partager mon approche et mon expertise sur l’avenir des tissus anciens arabes. Tout le monde sait à quel point La Casbah d’Alger est un baromètre. Le congrès mondial Medinas 2030 est abrité à l’Hôtel […]

ALL THE WORLD’S A MOSQUE: JAOU TUNIS 2015

The third edition of the JAOU Tunis arts festival, which took place during the last week of May, was inevitably framed by the tragic events that struck the Bardo National Museum earlier this year. Twenty-one people, mostly foreign tourists, were killed by Islamic extremists who attacked the museum in mid-March. During the 2015 JAOU Tunis, […]

New Podcast – Lina Lazaar, JAOU Tunis

Ahead of our broadcasts direct from JAOU Festival, Bardo Museum, Tunis, 28-31 May 2015, we speak to JAOU founder, Lina Lazaar. Ahead of the JAOU Tunis series of broadcasts from the festival and symposium this May, Fari Bradley and Chris Weaver interview Lina Lazaar, Associate Editor of Ibraaz, Sotheby’s specialist in Post War and Contemporary […]

This Week’s Six Pillars – JAOU Conference with Sultan Al Qassemi

After the Bardo Museum attacks on tourists earlier this year, JAOU festival and symposium is more than ever set to hold its annual arts events at the Tunis museum in Tunisia. Sound artist Chris Weaver interviews founder of the Barjeel Foundation, UAE and renowned Arab affairs commentator Sultan Al Qassemi about his participation in JAOU […]

This Week’s Radio Show – Artist Nadia Kaabi-Linke, JAOU Tunis

On 104.4FM today at 9pm we’re talking to Tunisian artist Nadia Kaabi-Linke ahead of her participation in the JAOU Tunis symposium in Tunis May 28-30th. Kaabi-Linke has in the past won the Abraaj Capital Arts Prize in the UAE for a piece mapping the illegal sales mats of African migrants on the Rialto Bridge in […]

This Week’s Six Pillars – Artist ‘Hiwa K’ at JAOU Tunis

Tues 2nd June, 21-21:30hrs UK time, repeats Thurs 4th June, 16-16:30hrs. A series from Jaou Tunis, a symposium on Visual Culture in an Age of Global Conflict. JAOU is hosted each year at the Bardo Museum, Tunis, Tunisia by the Kamel Lazaar Foundation and this year went ahead despite a brutal shooting of 20 tourists […]

Jaou Tunis: prémices d’un marché de l’art à Carthage

Le festival d’art contemporain Jaou Tunis enthousiasme la capitale tunisienne et sa province du 28 Mai au 15 Juin : deux jours de conférences au Musée du Bardo ont précédé l’exposition principale du festival, All the World’s a mosque (Le monde entier est une mosquée) à Carthage qui est déjà un succès. Jaou Tunis en […]

A Carthage, l’art contemporain se réapproprie l’islam « éclairé »

Lettre de Tunis. Ces conteneurs qui s’empilent à l’entrée du théâtre antique de Carthage sont bien étranges. C’est peu dire que les parallélépipèdes de métal emboîtés comme un Lego jurent à l’orée du cirque de gradins battu par les bourrasques du golfe de Tunis. Quelle incongruité que cette rouille tachant d’augustes vestiges où bruissent encore […]


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