User account

Nadia Radwan: The Fragile Structures of In-Betweenness: Susan Hefuna
The Fragile Structures of In-Betweenness: Susan Hefuna
(p. 335 – 336)

Nadia Radwan

The Fragile Structures of In-Betweenness: Susan Hefuna

PDF, 2 pages

  • Enlightenment
  • Switzerland
  • exotism
  • art

My language
English

Selected content
English

Nadia Radwan

is Assistant Professor of World Art History at the University of Bern (Institute of Art History/Center for Global Studies). She has been a researcher and teacher at the American University in Cairo, the American University in Dubai and the University of Zurich. Her research focuses on Middle Eastern art and architecture (19th-20th century), non-western modernisms, Arab feminisms, nostalgia and orientalism, and the global museum. Her book, Les modernes d’Egypte was published in 2017 (Peter Lang) and she is currently finishing her second book about the aesthetics of resistance in global abstraction. She is the co-founder of Manazir: Swiss Platform for the Study of Visual Arts, Architecture and Heritage in the Middle East and the editor-in-chief of Manazir Journal: www.manazir.art.
Other texts by Nadia Radwan for DIAPHANES
Claire Brizon (ed.), Chonja Lee (ed.), ...: Exotic Switzerland?

Why is an object, an artwork, or a person deemed “exotic”? How does one’s gaze get directed onto things or people seemingly belonging to other regions or cultures? These questions are examined here in relation to a specific context: the Enlightenment era from the Swiss perspective. This publication brings together research by academics and museum specialists for the first time in order to rethink this time period and geography. It contains essays and shorter texts centered on pictures, objects, books, and natural specimens from Swiss museum collections. “Exotic” in this context refers to things that come from elsewhere and that can be used and “improved” for the benefit of European powers. The term invites us to reconsider both the long eighteenth century and the international history of Switzerland.

Content