The AFAC-supported book "Fahrelnissa Zeid. Painter of Inner Worlds" authored by Adila Laïdi Hanieh and published with “Art Books Publishing” is now available for purchase in libraries and online.
Coinciding with a retrospective exhibition at Tate Modern, "Fahrelnissa Zeid. Painter of Inner Worlds" is written by a former student of the artist and based on unprecedented access to her private papers and personal archive. It provides a revisionist and definitive account of both her extraordinary life and the constant innovation and reinvention that characterized her career right up until her final decades working and teaching in Jordan. It foregrounds the importance of her extensive knowledge of European culture and her shifting mental state on her artistic vision, and challenges orientalist interpretations of her art. In doing so, it redefines Fahrelnissa Zeid for the contemporary reader as one of the most important modernists of the twentieth century.
The book will be discussed by author Dr. Adila Laïdi-Hanieh at Darat al Funun in Amman on Tuesday 26 September 2017 wit Hussein Nashwan, head of the Jordanian Arts Association and head of Al Rai's cultural department.