The second edtion of of the biannual contemporary 'book of accounts', d ɪˈv a n | A Journal of Accounts has gone to press and will be distributed soon.
Launched at the Art Gallery of New South Wales earlier this year d ɪˈv a n offers critical interpretations on contemporary visual art and culture and its broader art historical, theoretical and socio-political contexts, from the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia to the Asia-Pacific
Co- published by UNSW Art & Design and edited by Alan Cruickshank this new publication aims to be a crucial bridge to our region and to offer much needed perspective for the wider art world.
The voices in d ɪˈv a n, both new and established, are original and challenging in their evaluation and examination of contemporary visual art and its multiple contexts, presenting an essential scholarly platform in print, that will create a significant archive of critical knowledge to benefit artists, researchers, art historians and the partisan reader.
Contributors to the second edition include: Hoda Afshar (Australia), Paul Gladston (UK), Charles Merewether (Georgia), Reema Salha Fadda (Palestine), Bridget Crone (UK), Vali Mahlouji (UK/Iran), Ray Langenbach (Finland/Malaysia), Robin Peckham (China), Salima Hashmi (Pakistan), Alex Gawronski (Australia)
The journal is supported by an international editorial advisory group comprising more than 20 eminent biennale curators and artistic directors, gallery directors, curators, art historians and art critics, academics and artists from across the Middle East, Asia-Pacific, Europe and Australia.
divan: from the Persian dīwān, an account book; origin dēvan, booklet; also related to debir, writer; evolved through ‘a book of poems’, ‘collection of literary passages’, ‘an archive’, ‘book of accounts’ and ‘collection of sheets’ to ‘an assembly’, ‘office of accounts’, ‘custom house’, ‘government bureau’ or ‘councils chamber’, to a long, cushioned seat, which in this sense entered European languages. divan presents a shift of content and meaning over time coexistent with evolving historical relationships between the East and West.
The first edition of di’van was distributed at key global art events such as Art Dubai and Global Art Forum, Sharjah Biennial, and Art Basel Hong Kong.
The second edition will be distrbuted through Istanbul Biennial during September 2017 and Dhaka Art Summit in February 2018.
If you haven't read the first edition check it out now.