Ariella Aïsha Azoulay

(Brown University)

Ariella Aïsha Azoulay (born 1962) is Professor of Modern Culture and Media and the Department of Comparative Literature, Brown University. Her books include: Potential History – Unlearning Imperialism (Verso, 2019); Civil Imagination: The Political Ontology of Photography (Verso, 2012); The Civil Contract of Photography (Zone Books, 2008); Civil Imagination: A Political Ontology of Photography (Verso, 2012); From Palestine to Israel: A Photographic Record of Destruction and State Formation, 1947-1950 (Pluto Press, 2011); co-author with Adi Ophir of The One State Condition: Occupation and Democracy between the Sea and the River (Stanford University Press, 2012).

Her potential histories, archives and curatorial work have been shown in different places: 

  • Errata (Tapiès Foundation, 2019, HKW, Berlin, 2020)
  • Enough! The Natural Violence of New World Order (F/Stop Photography Festival, Leipzig, 2016)
  • Act of State 1967-2007 (Centre Pompidou, 2016, Arquivo Municipal de Lisboa Fotografico, 2020)
  • “The Natural History of Rape” (Pembroke Hall, Brown University, 2015)
  • The Body Politic [in Really Useful Knowledge, curated by What, How & for Whom / WHW] (Reina Sofia, Madrid)
  • When The Body Politic Ceases To Be An Idea, Exhibition Room – Manifesta Journal Around Curatorial Practices No 16 Potential History (2012, Stuk / Artefact, Louven)
  • Untaken Photographs (2010, Igor Zabel Award, The Moderna Galerija, Lubliana; Zochrot, Tel Aviv)
  • Architecture of Destruction (Zochrot, Tel Aviv)
  • Everything Could Be Seen (Um El Fahem Gallery of Art).

Among her film essays: 

  • Un-documented: Undoing Imperial Plunder (2019)
  • Civil Alliances, Palestine, 47-48 (2012)
  • I Also Dwell Among Your Own People: Conversations with Azmi Bishara (2004)
  • The Food Chain (2004).
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