SPRING 2017 PRACTITIONER-IN-RESIDENCE
Special Workshop Title: The Politics of Modern Arab Art
Special Event: Politics in Modern Arab Art: A Lecture by Sultan Al Qassemi on May 1, 2017
Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi is a United Arab Emirates-based columnist whose articles have appeared in The Financial Times, The Independent, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, Foreign Policy, Open Democracy, and The Globe and Mail, as well as other notable publications. He is also a prominent commentator on Arab affairs on Twitter (@SultanAlQassemi). Rising in prominence during the Arab Spring, his tweets became a major news source, rivaling the major news networks at the time, until TIME magazine listed him in the “140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2011.”
Sultan is also the founder of the Barjeel Art Foundation in Sharjah, an independent initiative established to contribute to the intellectual development of the art scene in the Arab region by building a prominent and publicly accessible art collection in the United Arab Emirates. In the first quarter of 2017 Barjeel Art Foundation will inaugurate exhibitions at the Institut du monde arabe in Paris, Yale University Art Gallery in the US and the National Gallery of Jordan in Amman.