Anthony Downey is an academic, editor, and writer. He is Professor of Visual Culture in the Middle East and North Africa within the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media at Birmingham City University, and is currently involved in several collaborative research projects that explore, respectively, transnational cultural practices, digital media, and the politics of cultural production in the Middle East and Global South. He is the series editor for Visual Culture in the Middle East (Sternberg Press) and sits on the Editorial Board of Third Text (www.thirdtext.org). Since 2011, he has been the Editor-in-Chief of Ibraaz (www.ibraaz.org), an online research platform for cultural producers in the Middle East. He is an Associate Researcher for the Institute of Human Activities, sits on the Editorial Board of Digital War (digital-war.org), and, since 2012, has been a Consulting Editor for the Open Arts Journal (Open University, England).
In 2019, he will launch Research/Practice (Sternberg Press/MIT, 2019), a new series that will include projects from Michael Rakowitz, Heba Y Amin, Larissa Sansour, and Lara Baladi. Other recent and upcoming publications include Unbearable States: Digital Media, Cultural Activism and Human Rights (forthcoming, 2020); Displacement Activities: Contemporary Art, the Refugee Condition, and the Alibi of Engagement (Sternberg Press, 2019); 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 (I.B. Tauris, 2015); Art and Politics Now (Thames and Hudson, 2014); Uncommon Grounds: New Media and Critical Practice in North Africa and the Middle East (I.B. 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). Anthony is also currently editing, in partnership with Renzo Martens and the Institute of Human Activities, a series of publications looking at art criticism and critical practices in the art world today (forthcoming, 2019).
Anthony holds a PhD from Goldsmiths College, awarded in 2006, and his research, publications, and teaching focus on the politics of global contemporary art practices; human rights, bio-politics and migration; new media, collaborative and participative art practices; and contemporary cultural production in the Maghreb, the Middle East and Global South. He supervises PhD students with research interests in contemporary art and the politics of cultural production in the Maghreb, the Middle East and Global South; neoliberalism, human rights, bio-politics, and migration in contemporary art practices; and new media, performativity and civil society in the Middle East.
For further information, see http://www.bcu.ac.uk/art/about-us/our-expertise/our-staff/anthony-downey