Chad Elias

Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor of Art History
Tate Modern Research Fellow, 2015-18

My first book, Posthumous Images: Contemporary Art and Memory Politics in Post-Civil War Lebanon, was published by Duke University Press in 2018. In collaboration with the Hood Museum, I recently organized a multidisciplinary symposium which explored questions relating to resource extraction, carbon imaginaries, species extinction and evocations of the deep past and worlds-to-come in contemporary art. A third research project in progress centers on the futures projected by new infrastructures for cultural production and dissemination in the Arabian Gulf in the era of peak oil.

Department(s): 
Art History
Education: 
PhD Northwestern University

Selected Publications

"Whose Digital Heritage? Contemporary Art, 3D Printing and the Limits of Cultural Property," Third Text 159. 33 (July 2019). Forthcoming.

"A Face in the Cloud: Visual Culture, Artificial Intelligence, and the Physiognomic Turn," in Wiley Balckwell Companion to Visual Culture, ed. Aubrey Anable and Catherine Zuromskis (Hoboken: Wiley Blackwell, forthcoming 2019). Commisioned critical essay.

Posthumous Images: Contemporary Art and Memory Politics in Post-Civil War Lebanon  (Duke University Press, 2018).

“Preservation By Other Means: Contemporary and the Deconstruction of Heritage,” special issue edited with Mary Coffey, Future Anterior 15.1 (Summer 2018).

"The Artist as Collector: A Dialogue on the Possibilities and Limits of an Institution," in Against Photography: An Annotated History of the Arab Image Foundation (Barcelona: Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona), 40-44.

“Landscape Photography’s ‘New Humanism’,” in Photography Reframed: New Visions in Contemporary Photographic Culture, ed. Ben Burridge and Annebella Pollen (London: I.B. Tauris, 2018).

Kader Attia: Reason’s Oxymorons (Hanover: The Hood Museum, 2018).

“Emergency Cinema and the Dignified Image: Cell Phone Activism and Filmmaking in Syria,” Film Quarterly  31, no. 1 (2017): 18-31.

“Citizen Photography in Fouad Elkoury’s Beyrouth Aller-Retour,” photographies 10, issue 3 (2017): 265-282.

“On War and Love: A Conversation with Akram Zaatari,’  in Queer (Documents in Contemporary Art), ed. David Getsy (Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 2016), 185-188.

“The Museum Past the Surpassing Disaster: Walid Raad’s Projective Futures,” in Archival Dissonance: Knowledge Production and Contemporary Visual Culture, ed. Anthony Downey (London: I. B. Tauris, 2015), 215-231.

“On Three Posters’ by Rabih Mroué.” In Focus (London: Tate Modern, 2014), n.p.

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