In conjunction with the exhibition Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s
This event is now canceled.
Frantz Fanon is best known as a leading theorist of decolonization, but he was also profoundly interested in questions of culture. For Fanon, the creation of a decolonized art was one of the principal means by which once-subjugated peoples would realize their independence and freedom, and come to terms with the traumas suffered in colonial warfare. In this talk, Adam Shatz, writer and contributing editor, London Review of Books, will discuss how Fanon’s writings might illuminate the traumatic modernism of postcolonial North Africa.
Co-sponsored by NYU’s New York Institute for the Humanities, Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, and Grey Art Gallery.