Sara Raza is the Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator for the Global Art Initiative Middle East and North Africa where she recently organized the exhibition But a Storm is Blowing From Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa. Raza is the longstanding West and Central Asia editor of ArtAsiaPacific magazine and is currently editing a book on her research entitled Punk Orientalism.
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The exploration of the artist’s studio as a discursive, autonomous, and above all social community space plays an important role in my curatorial practice. The traditional model of the studio, as a place dedicated to solitary experimentation and research, has given way to a fascinating subcultural variant that I call the social studio, denoting a shared forum for peer-driven art and discussion.