Ghalya Saadawi

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Ghalya Saadawi is Lecturer at the Centre for Research Architecture in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths University, London, and has been a theory tutor at the DAI since 2018. Between 2011 and the present, she lectured in modern and contemporary art theory and history, and on art and politics in Lebanon after 1990 in the department of Fine Arts and Art History, American University of Beirut and at The Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts, Balamand University. She was also Resident Professor of the Home Workspace Program (Ashkal Alwan, Beirut 2015-2017). Saadawi earned a PhD from Goldsmiths University of London in Sociology in 2015. Her work underscored the art practices and theoretical considerations that informed a rethinking of witnessing, representation, and ideology after the declared end of the Lebanese civil wars. This through the historical and theoretical entanglements and discourses of the mid-20th century to the end of the Cold War, paying attention to form and content through the lens of an extended political modernism. Her essays and reviews have appeared in a number of publications, anthologies and artists’ monographs. Saadawi is currently researching the Art Protocol, a project, platform and framework that considers regulation and law in the contemporary arts. She is co-editor with Mirene Arsanios and Iman Mersal of Makhzin, a young, bi-lingual literary magazine, and is affiliated with BICAR, the Beirut Institute for Critical Analysis and Research. 

Ghalya Saadawi at DAI:

2019 -2020 Contemporary Art and Discontent ll

2018-2019 Contemporary Art and Discontent l