APCS Spring 2014 Catalogue

Dossier on Media Arts in the Arab World

I am delighted to present the finest among many fine essays from the Fall 2013 course "Media Art in the Arab World." 45 students — scholars, filmmakers, and visual artists — viewed and discussed an enormous range of experimental, documentary, and fiction works by Arab filmmakers and media arts since the 1990s (all of which the SFU library purchased or rented). The students impressed me greatly with their perceptive and original analyses and I hope they will you too.

– Proud professor, Laura U. Marks (

Lindsey Adams' structural analysis of archive films by Rania Stephan, Maha Maamoun, and Raed Yassin
Taylor Beaumont's feminist analysis of Akram Zaatari's Majnounak and Gheith Al-Amine's Once Upon a Sidewalk
Dasha Boichenko identifies a red thread running through Mohamed Soueid's My Heart Beats Only for Her
Adrienne Evans on Mounira El Solh confronting the animal as other in A Double Burger and Two Metamorphoses
Two interpretations of The Dove's Lost Necklace by Nacer Khémir: a mystical analysis by Vladimir Fedulov and a feminist analysis by Jasmine Kwong
Nataliya Fedulova on the intimate performativity of Joana Hadjithomas' and Khalil Joreige's Je Veux Voir
Nicole Kunkel's reflection on the politics of postponed content in Hassan Khan's Blind Ambition
Matthew MacLellan examines the life of the pixel in Rania Stephan's The Three Disappearances of Souad Hosni
Munira Mohamud on the poetics of exile in Elia Suleiman's Homage By Assassination
Louise Rusch on moving beyond clichés of Arabness in Dima El Horr's Every Day Is A Holiday
Cory Woodcock on creative aniconism in the videos of Mounir Fatmi

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