Wednesday 22th June 2022 Art Breath x SOAS

Art Breath x SOAS

Launched in 2016, the events of Art Breath x SOAS look at the intricate relationship between art and politics, through the lens of art, themes explored throughout the series have been soft power, freedom of expression, street art, gender, identity, conflict, peace building, human rights and many more.

The power of art, the power of conversation can find a way to bring all of us together, propel knowledge, understanding, perspectives, and empathy. 

On Wednesday 22th June 2022, Art Breath x SOAS:  In Conversation With Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi, the power of art and art from the SWANA region, formed part of the discussion between Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi in conversation with Nour Saleh. 

The talk covered Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi’s interest and path into art, from his childhood in Sharjah to a young adult in Paris, to being inspired by literature and to the art and institutions that impacted him through his youth. Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi's work, realising art exhibitions, and founding the Barjeel Art Foundation was discussed, as well as the difference between contemporary art and art from the modernity period, art pre colonisation and after colonial rule, and the political side to abstract art. Al Qassemi presented a number of pioneering women artists from the SWANA Region and spoke about the visibility of art and artists. A conversation on education, adding to the History of Art as we know it and on Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi's lectures, The Politics of Modern Middle Eastern Art ensued, as well as contemplating social media's role in making art visible, yet often also being a tool that for many can become overwhelming. The talk featured Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi's admiration for architecture, its importance, and on his book Building Sharjah, co—edited with Todd Reisz.

Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi generously shared wonderful images of art, some stills of the talk are below. To learn about artists and art from the SWANA region, see Barjeel Art Foundation.










All images are stills taken from: In Conversation With Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi's

Art Images copyright @ Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi and Barjeel Art Foundation

Thank you to everyone who registered with SOAS and zoomed in for the talk, thank you to Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi for the conversation and presentation, thank you Marina, Harris and Korede, SOAS Alumni and SOAS University