Ghalya Saadawi lectures in modern and contemporary art theory, and on art 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. Between 2015-2017, she was Resident Professor of the Home Workspace Program (Ashkal Alwan, Beirut). Saadawi earned a PhD from Goldsmiths University of London in Sociology in 2015. Her dissertation 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. Against the quick banners of post-war generation, or post-war contemporary art, and similar schematic historicizing, the work read select art and documentary practices through the historical and theoretical entanglements and discourses of the mid-20th century to the end of the Cold War, paying attention to formal politics and content through the lens of an extended political modernism. Her essays and reviews have appeared in a number of publications, anthologies and artist’ monographs. 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. Saadawi is currently involved in developing The Art Protocol with Bahar Noorizadeh, a research project, platform and forthcoming framework that considers regulation and law in the contemporary arts.
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