Golden Threads: Hatem Imam

Hatem Imam, 'Self-portrait in Beirut, December 2005'

Beirut-based artist Hatem Imam makes his UK research fellowship 28 August – 18 September 2010, as part of our Golden Threads programme.

Hosted by curator and educator Oliver Sumner (of Delta Arts), in association with Gasworks, he will be staying in Portsmouth and London.

Described in Bidoun magazine as ‘a shaggy-haired polymath’, Hatem Imam works in the fields of visual arts, design, theatre, event organisation, publishing, and education. His work considers the production of landscape in printed media and their relation to national identity. Hatem Imam currently teaches design at the American University of Beirut, he is a board member of the 98Weeks Research Project, and co-editor of Samandal comics magazine.

The focus of his visit will be to observe, negotiate and constructively critique the role of the artist within the context of education, in the UK and Lebanon. On being a contemporary artist in Beirut, he says, ‘There is no governmental art fund, barely any spaces for cultural production, and an ever-diminishing public space; our practice is constantly pushed to the margin of our daily production. This condition allows me a critical distance; it forces me to constantly re-question the validity of my work, and to situate it within a social and political context’.

Golden Threads is funded by Arts Council England.

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