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Farah Atoui

PhD Candidate, Communication Studies, McGill University

Farah Atoui is a Ph.D. candidate in Communication Studies at McGill University. She worked at the Sharjah Art Foundation and Art Dubai, two cultural institutions based in the United Arab Emirates (2007-2013), before moving to Montreal in 2013.She completed a master’s degree in Media Studies at Concordia University (2015). Her doctoral research investigates the relation between visual mediation and cross-border human migration in the context of the current so-called migration/refugee crisis. Farah is a member of the Regards palestiniens and Regards syriens screening collectives.

2021

Conferences:
Co-organizer of Intimacy and The Politics of The Image, an interdisciplinary conference engaging with theories and methodologies of intimacy together with the political potential of images. McGill University, Montreal.

Exhibitions:
Co-organizer of Making Revolution: Collective Histories, Desired Futures, an exhibition which explores forms of struggle and revolution in the Middle East and North Africa through video art and installation Montreal, Arts Interculturels (MAI).

 

2020

Publications (articles):
Farah Atoui (2020). “The Calais Crisis: Real Refugees Welcome, Migrants ‘Do Not Come’.“ In Krista Genevieve Lynes, Tyler Morgenstern and Ian Alan Paul (eds.), Moving Images: Mediating Migration as Crisis. Bielefeld: transcript Verlag. https://doi.org/10.14361/9783839448274-017

Farah Atoui (2020). “Return, Recollect, Imagine: Decolonizing Images, Reclaiming Palestine,” Postcolonial Directions in Education, 9(1), 8-42. https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/57837
Farah Atoui and Nour Ouayda (2020). “Surgissements: Poétiques de l’image video.” Hors champ, Mai/Juin https://www.horschamp.qc.ca/spip.php?article924

Screening:
Co-organizer of Beirut over and over again, a solidarity and fundraising outdoor screening of short films from/on Beirut, Montreal.

 

2018-2019

Co-organizer of The Political Imaginary of Waiting, (2018-2019), a year-long graduate students reading group and a public screening/lecture series exploring the politics, poetics and aesthetics of waiting through the lens of media and communication studies. This project culminated with a workshop led by guest artists Ruanne Abou-Rahme and Basel Abbas on decolonial artistic practices and political activism.

Research assistant on Nakba Archive: Fragments from the Palestinian Expulsion (2018-2019), a book project examining the cultural and political significance of Palestinian refugee oral histories.

 

2016

Publication (article):
Farah Atoui (2016). Appropriate, Remix, Erase, Zoom in: The Transformative Power of Filmmaking in Kamal Al Jafari’ s Recollection. Offscreen, 20 (10)

Farah.atoui@nullmail.mcgill.ca