The Center for Middle Eastern Studies presents:
Modernism and Political Modernity: Tunisian Art in the Time of Bourguiba (1957-1979)
Speaker: Ridha Moumni, Tunisia Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Middle Eastern Studies
Ridha Moumni obtained his Ph.D in Art History and Archaeology from the Sorbonne, in Paris. His research explores Tunisian classical, modern and contemporary art from a global and transnational perspective, with a specific interest in collecting practices and intellectual history. Dr. Moumni has won prizes in the fields of art history and curatorship. In 2010, he became the first Tunisian fellow to join the French Academy in Rome (Villa Medici). He has curated photography and modern art exhibitions, and he has recently curated a major exhibition to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Independence of Tunisia: The Awakening of a Nation: Art at the Dawn of Modern Tunisia (1837-1881) held in Qasr es-Saïd. He has recently published with Elsa Despiney Artistes de Tunisie, a book on twentieth-century Tunisian artists. Ridha Moumni has been a postdoctoral fellow at the Aga Khan Program of Islamic Architecture at Harvard University in 2018. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University.