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Nov 18 2021

Found Materials & Barren Spaces: Art Emerging from Border Regimes’ Erasures, Disappearances, and Displacements

Feminisms Lunch Lectures

November 18, 2021

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM



The top half of the promo graphic includes photos of prayer beads that artist Shukri Abu Baker makes out of bread and found materials. At the top left is the Feminisms Lunch Lectures logo in white. In the center is the title of the lecture in white text: Found Materials & Barren Spaces: Art Emerging from Border Regimes' Erasures, Disappearances, and Displacements. A wavy line separates the top half of the image from the bottom, which contains the date, time, RSVP link, and hosting unit logos.

Join us for a virtual presentation of work in progress by UIC Art History graduate student Sarah M. Ahmed:

The mechanisms of border maintenance in the U.S. and Israel necessitate the erasure of information, the disappearance of individuals, and the displacement of populations. This work-in-progress lecture will explore how dispossessed and dissident artists have used found materials to create new relational possibilities that allow them to resist the mandates of border violence.

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WLRC's Feminisms Lunch Lectures series offers faculty, graduate students, visiting scholars, and activists an opportunity to present their projects, ideas, and works-in-progress on a wide range of topics and engage participants in lively and provocative discussion. For 2021, WLRC is partnering with the Gender and Women’s Studies department to feature UIC graduate students whose current research, creative, or community projects engage feminist movements and scholarship.




Date posted

Oct 22, 2021

Date updated

Oct 29, 2021


Sarah M. Ahmed | Graduate Student, Art History | University of Illinois Chicago

Sarah M. Ahmed is a Master's student in the UIC Department of Art History. She was born in Cairo and grew up in Texas, where she graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor's degree in Middle Eastern Studies and International Relations. Her research focuses on Middle Eastern anti-colonial art and resistance.