Published on 12/12/2020

The Doha Institute for Graduate Studies (DI) and Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art hosted the first workshop of The Visual Arts Studies Third Annual Conference 2020-21, today. The virtual conference, held under the theme The Future Museum in the Future City, brings together artists, intellectuals, practitioners and curators to explore the future of museums in a series of workshops to be held over the course of a few months.

Moderating the workshop and delivering its welcome remarks were Abdellah Karroum, Director of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art; Professor Amal Ghazal, Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, DI; and Ismail Nashef, Associate Professor, DI.

"This 3rd edition is very important as it takes place during a transformative moment in the history of both Mathaf and Doha Institute. The current crisis has only accelerated the necessary change in the way Museums and Universities operate. In fact, Mathaf has started thinking about multiple ways to engage with audiences, as the majority of our audiences are non-physical," commented Abdellah Karroum in his opening remarks.   

Panelists that participated in today's workshop were: Artist and Filmmaker John Akomfrah presenting his intervention titled The Unintended Beauty of Disaster,

Curator Vasif Kortun and his intervention: Speaking from the Antechamber: A Generous Institutional Subjectivity, Contemporary Artist Noor Abu Arafeh: On How to Remember: Towards an Immaterial Museum and Curator and Researcher Amal Alhaag and the title of her intervention: Speculative Side-Steppers: the Museum must not hold.

The conference examined the repercussions of the global pandemic, and how both the city and museum have been deeply impacted and radically transformed as a result of COVID-19. 

The workshop which was held on Zoom webinar was an open public forum that ended with an audience Q&A discussion on the topics shared and discussed.

A series of workshops and talks are planned throughout The Visual Arts Studies Third Annual Conference 2020-21 which is ongoing until March 2021.