Dr. Omar Kholeif is a curator, writer, editor and broadcaster based in London and Chicago. He is the Manilow Senior Curator and Director of Global Initiatives at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Previously he was Curator at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, Senior Curator at Cornerhouse and HOME, Manchester and Senior Editor at Ibraaz. The author and or editor of over two dozen books, he also writes widely for the likes of The Guardian, Art Monthly, Wired, Mousse, Frieze and Artforum International.
SIDEBAR welcomes internationally renowned artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan, curator Omar Kholeif and scholar W.J.T Mitchell (University of Chicago, Department of English) to the Gray Center Lab for a lecture and conversation exploring Abu Hamdan's work on the politics of listening and visuality. The discussion will center on Abu Hamdan's work as a "private ear," and his projects that deal with the intersection of politics and legality in the Middle East and abroad.