Ziad Abillama

"Untitled (Arabes) (2011) stages the collapse of the dialectic between Self and Other, at the latest stage of Western imperialism. It is not a historical moment, but a crisis in philosophy, beyond the political.

The piece certainly witnesses the appearance of a nasty ‘other’, but it has less to do with ‘real Arabs’ per se as sovereign subjects, than with an ongoing meditation on the anxiety of Western science when dealing with the Arab world as an object of study."

Ziad Abillama was born in 1969 in Lebanon. He studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and Amherst College, USA. The artist states that he was reborn in the US during the first Gulf War in 1991, and later returned to Lebanon where he now lives and works.

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