View of The Short Century exhibition, at Sharjah Art Museum in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, 2016. Photo: Christina Dimitrova.

Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi (UAE) is the founder of the Barjeel Art Foundation, an independent initiative established to contribute to the intellectual development of the art scene in the Arab region by building a prominent and publicly accessible art collection in the United Arab Emirates.

Sultan is also a columnist whose articles have appeared in The Financial TimesThe IndependentThe GuardianThe Huffington PostThe New York TimesForeign PolicyOpen Democracy, and The Globe and Mail, as well as other notable publications. Sultan is a prominent commentator on Arab affairs on Twitter. Rising in prominence during the Arab Spring, his tweets became a major news source, rivaling the major news networks at the time, until TIME magazine listed him in the “140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2011.”

Sultan was an MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow from 2014-2016, and in the Spring of 2017 Sultan was a practitioner in residence at the Hagop Kevorkian Center of Near East Studies at New York University, where he offered a special course on Politics of Middle Eastern Art.

Sultan continues to write and tweet about the Arab world from his home in Sharjah, and also while giving lectures internationally.


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