Christiane Gruber is Associate Professor of Islamic Art and Visual Culture at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She has authored two books and has edited several volumes on various topics, including Islamic book arts, ascension tales and images, and contemporary visual and material culture. Her most recently published volume, co-edited with Sune Haugbolle, is entitled Visual Culture in the Modern Middle East: Rhetoric of the Image (Indiana, 2013). Her published research can be accessed here.
Nama Khalil is an artist and cultural anthropologist. She received her Masters in Middle East Studies in 2012 and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Anthropology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her scholarly interests include transnational Islam, art and visual culture of the Arab World, and Arab American and Muslim American communities.
The exhibit was created in conjunction with the 2013 Freer Symposium at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Participants of the symposium include Wael Abbas, Khaled Matawwa, Lina Ben Mhenni, Jill Dougherty, Stephennie Mulder, Jennifer Pruitt, Amr Nazeer, and Elizabeth Rauh.
Header image: No, and a Thousand Times No, three stencils by Bahia Shehab, Cairo, Egypt, 2013. Artwork courtesy of Bahia Shehab.