The Arab Apocalypse. Art, Abstraction & Activism in the Middle East

Ed. by Silvia Naef & Nadia Radwan

Manazir Journal, issue 1 (2019)

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This first issue of Manazir Journal originates in  the  exhibition  dedicated  to  the  Lebanese-American artist,  poet  and writer  Etel Adnan  held  at  the  Zentrum  Paul  Klee  in  Bern  in 2018 and the related symposium. It illustrates how artists, in the Arab world, connected abstraction and political activism, in a search that ties visual aspects to clearly expressed opinions and visions of and on this region. The title refers to Adnan's well-known epic poem The Arab Apocalypse which she wrote during the Lebanese civil war.