Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi's illustrated talk looks at ways in which Arab youth — and specifically young artists from North Africa and West Asia — engage with diverse types of media to comment on and interact with current social and political events. He explores how new digital tools and platforms are instrumental in creating a network that connects artists to one another and to their community.

Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi is a United Arab Emirates-based columnist whose articles have appeared in The Financial Times, The Independent, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, The New York Times Room for Debate, Foreign Policy, Open Democracy, and The Globe and Mail, as well as other notable publications. Al Qassemi is also a prominent commentator on Arab affairs on Twitter. Rising in prominence during the Arab Spring, his tweets became a major news source, rivaling the major news networks at the time, until TIME magazine listed him in the “140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2011.” He continues to write and tweet about the Arab world both from his home in Sharjah and while giving lectures internationally. Al Qassemi is the founder of the Sharjah-based Barjeel Art Foundation.

In partnership with the Canadian Arab Institute


Syrian Museum – Gustav Klimt's The Kiss (Freedom Graffiti), 2013 by Tammam Azzam; photo courtesy of Tammam Azzam - Ayyam Gallery.

Youth and Digital Media in the Middle East

$20, $18 members, $12 students and seniors