Anthony Downey

Anthony Downey

Professor of Visual Culture in the Middle East and North Africa

Birmingham School of Art

Anthony Downey is an academic, editor, and writer. His primary focus is on the politics of visual culture across the Middle East, North Africa, and the Global South. He has published widely on art practices and human rights, civil society and collaborative art practices, postcolonial and critical theory, and new media practices. Anthony’s broader field of research focuses on new media, art and terrorism; collective and participative art practices; human rights, bio-politics and migration; and contemporary art institutions across the Maghreb and the Middle East.

Recent and upcoming publications include Zones of Indistinction: Contemporary Art and the Cultural Logic of Late Modernity (Forthcoming, Sternberg Press, 2018); Don’t shrink me to the size of a bullet: The Works of Hiwa K (Walther König Books, 2017); Future Imperfect: Contemporary Art Practices and Cultural Institutions in the Middle East (Sternberg Press, 2016); Dissonant Archives: Contemporary Visual Culture and Contested Narratives in the Middle East (IB Tauris, 2015); Art and Politics Now  (Thames and Hudson, 2014); Uncommon Grounds: New Media and Critical Practice in North Africa and the Middle East (IB Tauris, 2014); Slavs and Tatars: Mirrors for Princes (JRP Ringier, 2015); and The Future of a Promise: Contemporary Art from the Arab World (Ibraaz Publishing, 2011).

Current Activity
Postgraduate Supervision
Media Work
Work With Industry
Links and Social Media