Graphic Arts Group – Dr Venetia Porter

Speaker: Dr Venetia Porter -Assistant Keeper for Islamic and Contemporary Middle East art, British Museum.

Venetia Porter will be speaking about artists’ books in her exhibition

Reflections: contemporary art of the Middle East and North Africa 

From Baghdad to Tehran

Artists from across the Middle East and North Africa have become well known for their imaginative use of the form of the artist’s book.  Varying in material and style, these books range widely in subject matter, from poetry and folktales to those with a strong political contemporary narrative.  Along with text, there is pure abstraction.  A number of these books are included in her exhibition and this talk will focus on these works along with others from the collection.

Dr Venetia Porter is Assistant Keeper for Islamic and Contemporary Middle East art at the British Museum and Honorary Research Fellow at the Courtauld Institute of Art.  She is the curator of Reflections contemporary art of the Middle East and North Africa and author of the accompanying book with Natasha Morris and Charles Tripp (British Museum Press 2020).

For more on the exhibition and associated talks, please see:

https://www.britishmuseum.org/exhibitions/reflections-contemporary-art-middle-east-and-north-africa

https://www.royaldrawingschool.org/lectures-events/timo-nasseri-and-walid-siti-conversation-venetia-porter/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_waAl7tEj0

This event was organised by Dr Ketty Gottardo (The Courtauld), Dr Esther Chadwick (The Courtauld) and Dr Olenka Horbatsch (British Museum)

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