Nationalism, migration and exile: the photographs of Youssef Nabil

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Creator: 

Gayed, Andrew

Date: 

2015

Abstract: 

This thesis investigates Middle Eastern Contemporary Art and the photographic art being produced by artists from the North American Diaspora. Currently base in New York, Egyptian artist Youssef Nabil’s self-portraits are the site of exploration that drive my theoretical ideas of exile and identity. Most importantly, I discuss how an Exilic Aesthetic is created through Youssef Nabil’s self-identification in his mediated photographs, articulating cultural dichotomies facing the Middle Eastern diaspora in North America through his own visual narrative. After having discussed diasporic and exilic identity, I explore the concept of Islamic/non-Western Modernities and their relationship to displacement, trauma, and Arab sexualities/masculinities within a post-colonial framework. Through the analysis of Nabil’s photographic art, my intent is to see if we can reach a Modernity narrative that works beyond sexual oppression versus acceptance, and instead examines a negotiation of diasporic sexuality by incorporating different sociological strategies to help self-identification categories be less dichotomous.

Subject: 

Art History
Middle Eastern History
Cultural Anthropology

Language: 

English

Publisher: 

Carleton University

Thesis Degree Name: 

Master of Arts: 
M.A.

Thesis Degree Level: 

Master's

Thesis Degree Discipline: 

Art History

Parent Collection: 

Theses and Dissertations

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