Charlotte Bank is an
independent art historian, author and curator. Currently, she is postdoctoral researcher at the University of Kassel and Documenta Institure. She holds a PhD in Arabic culture from the
University of Geneva and has held academic positions and fellowships at the
Universities of Bamberg and Geneva, the Orient Institute Beirut and the Museum of Islamic Art Berlin.
As a curator specialized in the modern and
contemporary art of the MENA region, she has worked with numerous institutions
in Europe and the Middle East.
Her monograph The
Contemporary Art Scene in Syria: Social Critique and an Artistic Movement was published in June 2020 by Routledge.
In 2012 she established the
artistic project space Art-Lab Berlin with the artist Salah
Saouli. From 2012 - 2017, the space hosted the project FORUM for new arab art, a
multidisciplinary project focusing on new developments in the art scene(s) of
the Arab world and diaspora.
In 2018 Art-Lab Berlin organized the project "Arrival City" with a focus on questions of artistic migration, transculturalism and activism and in 2019 the project "Performing Gender. Identities and Performativity on Contemporary Art" with a focus on articulations of gender and sexual diversity in contemporary artistic production. Both projects were funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds.
In 2020-21, Art-Lab Berlin organized the project "Where Have All the Jasmines Gone", a compte rendu of the societal changes in the Middle East since the beginning of the protest movements ten years ago.
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