TALK | Arab Women Artists Today: Alia Ali

Monday, April 5, 2021

Decolonizing Art Narratives: Arab Women Artists Today is an online lecture series that is a collaboration between VCUarts Qatar, the Painting and Printmaking Department, and the Fire Station. This lecture series brings together critical female Arab voices in Art and Design. The sixth speaker in this series is Alia Ali.

Alia Ali is a Yemeni-Bosnian-American multi-media artist working between photography, video, and installation. Ali’s work reflects on the politics of contested notions of linguistics, identity, borders, universality, colonization, mental/physical confinement, and the inherent dualism that exists in each of them. Her practice is informed by discourses of criminality, Yemeni Futurism, and feminist theory, all of which are tools to unpack practices of refusal and rupture.

This year-long academic year lecture-series presents a dynamic group of Arab female artists and practitioners across disciplines and locales in the Middle East, exploring gender, politics, colonialism, culture, and identity. This lecture series asks: How might we revisit and reformat existing narratives? The lectures as a whole reinforce the focus theme - the pursuit of decolonized art narratives. 

This talk will be moderated by Dr. Holiday Powers, Assistant Professor in Art History at VCUarts Qatar.

The talks will take place online on Zoom. Attendance is free and open to the public. Please register online ahead of the event.


To register:

Free Admission

Location: Zoom

Date and Time: 5 April 2021, from 8 pm


Language: English