Through the study of artworks produced in seemingly disparate cities ranging from New York, Sarajevo, Beirut and Algiers, Kaelen Wilson-Goldie examines the points of intersection that arise among contemporary art, political conflict and historical trauma. Her writing will explore how artists who develop their practice in relation to specific sites and particular stories, whether factual or fictional, actual or imagined, are able to translate their work into new and different contexts.
Kaelen Wilson-Goldie is a writer and critic who divides her time between Beirut and New York. She is a contributing editor for Bidoun, writes regularly for Artforum and artforum.com, and pens a column for frieze. She travels extensively in the Middle East and North Africa to research and report on the relationship between contemporary art and political upheaval. As a journalist and critic, she has written for the New York Times,the Village Voice, and Bookforum, among other newspapers and magazines. As an essayist, she has contributed to such journals as Afterall and Art Journal. In 2013, Wilson-Goldie joined the American University of Beirut’s Department of Fine Arts and Art History, where she has taught courses on criticism and contemporary art.