Anthony Downey is Professor of Visual Culture in the Middle East and North Africa (Birmingham City University). He is a long-standing editor of the peer-reviewed journal Third Text (Routledge) and sits on the editorial board of Digital War (Palgrave Macmillan), respectively. He is also the series editor for Research/Practice (Sternberg Press/MIT, 2019–ongoing). In his capacity as Cultural Lead, he is a Co-Investigator on a GCRF Network Plus award that will develop a four-year project designed to effect, through art projects and visual culture resources, a transformational step change in education provision for children with disabilities across the Middle East (2020-2024). This award was preceded by a GCRF Development award in 2019.
Recent and upcoming publications include Unbearable States: Cultural Activism and Digital Research Methodologies in the Middle East (forthcoming, 2022); Lara Baladi: Tahrir Archives Sternberg Press/MIT, forthcoming, 2021); Roy Samaha: Revenant (Sternberg Press/MIT, 2021); Heba Y Amin: The General’s Stork (Sternberg Press/MIT, 2020); Critique in Practice: Renzo Martens’ Episode III (Sternberg Press/MIT, 2019); Don’t Shrink Me to the Size of a Bullet: The Works of Hiwa K (Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, 2017); and Future Imperfect: Contemporary Art Practices and Cultural Institutions in the Middle East (Sternberg Press, 2016). He is also the author of the Art and Politics Now (Thames and Hudson, 2014). For further publications, see here.
In 2020 and 2021, respectively, Downey will curate two U.K. exhibitions (at the Mosaic Rooms, London, and New Art Exchange, Nottingham) and a programme of events focusing on the development of digital methodologies within cultural practices across the Middle East. He is currently finalising his manuscript for Displacement Activities: Visual Culture and the Refugee Condition (Sternberg Press/MIT, 2021).
Anthony Downey, image courtesy of Jens Kohlen, Kassel, 2017