Year entered: 2015
Kareem Estefan is a PhD candidate in Modern Culture and Media at Brown University. His dissertation, "Decolonial Visions: Witnessing, Opacity, and Speculation in Palestinian Visual Culture," engages poetic and relational modes of bearing witness in contemporary art, film, and digital media projects from occupied Palestine and its diaspora, critiquing dominant human rights discourse and its correlated documentary aesthetics to propose a speculative and reparative path toward decolonization. Kareem is co-editor of Assuming Boycott: Resistance, Agency, and Cultural Production (OR Books, 2017), an anthology of essays on artists' activism, cultural boycotts, (self-)censorship, and transnational solidarity in the arts. His writing on contemporary art has been published in magazines and journals such as 4 Columns, Artforum, Art in America, BOMB, Frieze, Ibraaz, The New Inquiry, and Third Text, among others. He has also worked as an editor at both art and journalism nonprofits, including at Creative Time Reports, an online magazine that featured artists' perspectives on social and political issues. Kareem holds an MFA in Art Criticism and Writing from the School of Visual Arts and a BA in Comparative Literature from New York University.
Research interests: visual culture, speculative fiction, documentary, cultural activism, Palestine/Israel, Middle East Studies, surveillance and drones, (post-)colonialism and anti-colonialisms, critical race theory, repair and reparations