Surrealism in Egypt and the making of the exhibition Art et Liberté.
Through consulting a significant body of artworks from the 1920s until the 1940s, along with a diverse corpus of unpublished primary sources, this presentation highlights Art et Liberté’s contributions to a distinct Surrealist language that was at once, internationally minded yet locally engaged. The presentation equally focuses on the exhibition Art et Liberté: Rupture War and Surrealism in Egypt (1938 – 1948) and the curatorial approach underpinning it, which posits the group’s contributions to Surrealism beyond the polemics of post-colonial discourse and the polarizing paradigm of Saïd’s Orientalism, therefore advocating a new understanding of the Surrealist movement.
Sam Bardaouil (PhD) is an art historian and curator whose research focuses on the international expressions of modernism. He is co-founder with Till Fellrath of the multidisciplinary curatorial platform Art Reoriented, whose projects include the Lebanese Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013), Tea with Nefertiti (2012 - 2014), Art et Liberté Rupture, War and Surrealism in Egypt (1938 - 1948) (2017-18), and Ways of Seeing currently on view at the Villa Empain in Brussels.
From the conference Multiple Modernisms. A Symposium on Globalism in Postwar Art.
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art 2017