September 12, 2017

This website accompanies the exhibition, "Critical Refuge: Sculptures by Mohamad Hafez" on view at the Whitney Humanities Center (August 30 - December 20). By scanning the QR codes in the exhibition, visitors are directed to webpages that offer detailed descriptions of...

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Critical Refuge: Engaging the Art of Mohamad Hafez


On this page, we present a space for students and visitors to continue reflecting on Critical Refuge in addition to resources that enrich the complex historical and political contexts of Hafez's work. Over the course of the exhibition (August 30 - December 20, 2017), this page will be updated with written/visual responses as well as research sources. If you would like to contribute, please write to . 

  • One student's intervention: Curated research by Leah Shrestinian
    (Yale Class of 2018, B.A. Ethnicity, Race, & Migration)

    This syllabus presents curated categories and readings that situate Hafez’s work in historical, political, and art historical contexts. It encourages students and visitors of the exhibition to critically examine Hafez’s sculptures, particularly through a postcolonial lens and in the context of the liberal state's security policies and practices. 

    For download: Syllabus: One student's intervention (Leah Shrestinian)



  • Critical Refugee Studies at Yale University: Syllabus for "Narrating the Lives of Refugees," Fall 2017
    Professor Zareena Grewal and Jake Halpern 

    For broader framework in positioning Hafez's recent work, Grewal and Halpern's undergraduate seminar interrogates the complex histories and politics of representing refugee lives.

  • For download: Syllabus: Narrating the Lives of Refugees (Professor Zareena Grewal)

A digital program, with student curated research materials, for the exhibition Critical Refuge: Sculptures by Mohamad Hafez on view at the Whitney Humanities Center, Yale University, August 30 - December 20, 2017.

This project is generously sponsored by the YALE Digital Humanities Laboratory, the Council on Middle East Studies, the Public Humanities Program and the Whitney Humanities Center.