GRA Seminar: “Marie al-Khazen’s Photographs”, Yasmine Nachabe Taan, 12:30 December 11 (EN)

Dear Colleagues and Students,

You are cordially invited to a conversation with the author, Yasmine Nachabe Taan moderated by Heba Hage-Felder, director of the Arab Image Foundation.
On Friday December 11, 2020 from 12: 30 till 13:30 (Turkish time), 11:30 till 12:30 (Beirut time).

With an interdisciplinary approach at the intersection of photography and gender studies in the middle east, Nashabe Taan expands her research on design and visual culture in writing the first full-length study of an Arab woman photographer published in English. This project is important because there is little scholarly work done on photography in the Middle East, and even less on women photographers.

It focuses on gender representation in the photographs of Marie al-Khazen, a Lebanese amateur photographer, and Karimeh Abbud, a professional photographer in Palestine during the period between the 1920s and 1930s. Nashabe Taan provides a feminist reading of the images by analyzingthe female photographer’s depiction of ‘modernity’ around Lebanon.  This research will contribute more specifically to the study of Fin-de-siècle Lebanon in particular elite society and class relations, gender, and feminism. By locating photographic practices within a particular cultural context, this book builds on earlier and more contemporary contributions to the study of photography in the Middle East.
One of its unique contributions is to suggest new approaches to understanding the complexities of gender relations at the turn of last century in upper-class Lebanese society, by studying the life and works of an indigenous photographer of this rarefied social background.

Yasmine Nachabe Taan is Associate Professor at the Lebanese American University, and currently a Visiting Professor at Bilkent University. She is the author of Reading Marie al-Khazen’s Photographs (2020), Saloua Raouda Choucair:
Modern Arab Design (2019), Abdulkader Arnaout: Designing as Visual Poetry (2017),
Hilmi el-Tuni, Evoking Popular Arab Culture (2014). She is on the Editorial Board for Design and Culture.

The Arab Image Foundation is an independent association forging new pathways for photography and image practices. Uniquely positioned at the intersection of artistic creation, research, and archiving, we explore, question and confront the complex social and political realities of our times.
This event is hosted by Bilkent University in collaboration with the Lebanese American University and the Arab Image Foundation.

GSTMF Meeting Room 108 is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Yasmine Nachabe Taan Reading Seminar: Marie al-Khazen’s Photographs:
Time: Dec 11, 2020 12:30 PM Istanbul

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