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There Where You Are Not

Selected Writings of Kamal Boullata

1st Edition

Essays by Kamal Boullata
There Where You Are Not brings together the writings of celebrated Palestinian artist and theorist Kamal Boullata (1942–2019). Produced over four decades of exile in Europe, North Africa, and the United States, the essays explore intersections between aesthetics, history, and politics that are central to the historiography of modern Arab art.

The experience of exile and the imperatives of resistance permeate the essays, whose subjects range from autobiography to contemporary art, early ruminations on gender relations, language and the visual, to questions of identity and globalization. Taken collectively, they explore intersections between aesthetics, history, and politics that are central to the historiography of modern Arab art.

448 pages | 80 colour plates | 9 1/2 x 10 3/4 | © 2019

Art: Art--General Studies

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"There Where You Are Not brings together an impressive collection of texts by Palestinian artist, critic, theorist, poet, and writer Kamal Boullata (1942–2019). . . . Elegantly introduced by Finbarr Barry Flood, the volume is the fruit of a collaboration between Flood and Boullata nurtured by friendship, intellectual exchange, and mutual interests spanning the fields of Islamic and contemporary art. . . . [This collection] offers a much-needed alternative account to traditional art historical narratives and theories of aesthetics by proposing original and decentered approaches to modernism, particularly abstraction."

Nadia Radwan | CAA Reviews

“The book lends itself to several readings and re-readings, in order for the writer to absorb the profound thinking behind Boullata's writings.”

The New Arab

"There Where You Are Not: Selected Writings of Kamal Boullata. . . .is a testament to Boullata’s prodigious fifty-year career as a writer who was at once art historian, political activist, cultural critic, translator, poet, and indefatigable advocate for fellow Palestinian and Arab artists. . . . Selected Writings documents Boullata’s political journey, and his writings on art and politics provide a compelling retrospective."

Journal of Palestine Studies

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