Gender, Wars and Chadors II, at British Museum, London

Genders, Wars and Chadors II: How do Middle Eastern curators respond to the massive international surge of interest in regional art? And should they combat the stereotypes? Join Canvas at the British Museum for a conversation on the controversy over some dominant themes in Contemporary Middle Eastern art.

Date: 12 October 2009
Time: 7:00-8:00pm
Place: The British Museum, BP Lecture Theatre. For directions click here
Cost: Open to the public with free admission. However, tickets must be reserved in advance to secure a place on a first-come-first-served basis. For more information and to reserve your seat, call +44 20 89693959 or click here.

The second in a series of three panels tackling gender, wars and chadors, this session is a curator-led talk. The third panel will be addressed by artists at Art Basel Miami Beach 2009. The transcripts of these panels will be published in a limited edition book published by Mixed Media Publishing.

Saleh Barakat | Curator and Gallerist | Lebanon

A leading expert in Modern and Contemporary Arab art, Saleh Barakat founded Agial Art Gallery in 1991 and Maqam Art Gallery in 2008 in Beirut. He has advised on and collaborated in the acquisition of major collections of Modern and Contemporary Arab art and has actively promoted the development of a healthy market environment for creative expression in the Arab world. Barakat has curated several pan-Arab exhibitions, including the IXth Francophone Summit in Beirut and the 2003 World Bank Summit in Dubai; and an exhibition at the Beirut Art Center in 2009. He has also co-curated the first national Pavilion for Lebanon at the 52nd Venice Biennale and its touring exhibition in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Rose Issa | Independent Curator | Lebanon and Iran

For the last 26 years, Rose Issa has been curating film festivals and exhibitions of Contemporary art from the Arab world and Iran in collaboration with private and public institutions. Issa has advised major institutions on their acquisition of Contemporary artworks from the Middle East, including the British Museum and V&A, London; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California; The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; Centre Pompidou, Paris and The Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane. She has worked and lived in Tehran, Beirut and Paris and is currently based in London, where she runs Rose Issa Projects.

Dr Venetia Porter | Senior Curator, British Museum, London

Venetia Porter is a senior curator in the department of the Middle East at the British Museum. Porter studied Arabic and Persian at the University of Oxford where she also did an M.Phil in Islamic art. At the British Museum where she has been working since 1989, she is responsible for the collections of Islamic art, principally of the Arab world, and modern Middle Eastern art. In 2006 she curated Word into Art at the British Museum which was shown in Dubai in 2008 and smaller exhibitions in the British Museum such as Takhti: a modern Iranian hero in 2009. Her publications include: Islamic Tiles, British Museum Press, 1995 and Word into Art: Artists of the Modern Middle East, British Museum 2008.

Dr Anthony Downey | Programme Director, MA in Contemporary Art at Sotheby's Institute of Art

Dr Anthony Downey is the Programme Director of the MA course in Contemporary Art at Sotheby's Institute of Art (London) and an editorial board member of Third Text. He has published essays, reviews and interviews in numerous international journals including Aperture, New York Arts Magazine, Art Review, Untitled, Third Text, Wasafiri, Journal of Visual Culture, RES, Art and Architecture Journal, Brumaria, Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Art South Africa, Next Level, Contemporary, Circa and Canvas. He has recently written on Contemporary Iranian art in Different Sames: New Perspectives in Contemporary Iranian Art and Iran Inside Out (New York: Chelsea Art Museum, 2009). He has lectured at Goldsmiths College and Birkbeck College.

Spaces are limited! Please ensure you arrive at the venue at least 15 minutes before the start of the panel. For more information call +44 20 89693959 or email