Rah Eleh, Supernova, 2018, video installation
  • 15 April 2023
  • The National Museum – Auditorium
  • 14.00–15.30

What place does queer studies have in terms of the art of the Middle East?

Queer Islamic Art invites Dr Andrew Gayed to discuss his research on Middle Eastern Art and the Middle Eastern diaspora. In his research, he centers histories of colonial empire within discussions of diasporic sexualities. His research emphasizes themes of migration, displacement, transnationalism, and examines how queerness is performed within artistic practice and how culturally diverse contemporary artists operate within the context of the West.

«Queer Islamic Art» is an exhibition and research project considering the relation between Islam and the queer, based on contemporary and historic art. The project will involve artists, poets, activists, architects, filmmakers and researchers, and will result in an exhibition at the National Museum in 2025. Queer Islamic Art is curated by Noor Bhangu in cooperation with the artist Hanan Benammar.