Atteqa Ali
PhD from The University of Texas at Austin

Atteqa Ali is Assistant Dean of Students and Associate Professor of Art History and Curatorial Practices at Zayed University in Dubai. She has organized several exhibitions including a project at Twelve Gates Gallery in Philadelphia entitled “Back to the Future: History and Contemporary Art in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia” that considered the work of artists utilizing historical references to talk about current social and political events. She has several publications including an upcoming essay in Third Text that examines her current area of research on collaborative and socially engaged art in the extended Middle East. Her manuscripts, Collaborative Art Praxes and Contemporary Art Experiments in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia and Play: A Critical Document on Contemporary Pakistani Art are under press with Palgrave Macmillan and Oxford University Press, respectively.


Dubai Academic City, Dubai


+971 4 402 1235

Teaching Areas

Art History

Arts of the modern world

Research and Professional Activities



Collaborative Art Praxes and Contemporary Art Experiments in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia. London: Palgrave Macmillan, under contract

Play: A Critical Document in Contemporary Pakistani Art. Karachi: Oxford University Press, under contract

Edited journal

Editor, Sohbet: the Journal of Contemporary Arts and Culture. Lahore: National College of the Arts, 2010-2011

Academic book and journal essays

“Collective Connective: Communal Experiences as Art in the Middle East and North Africa,” Third Text, under contract

“Back to the Future: colonialism and current events in contemporary Pakistani art” in Amrita Ajay, Ed., Visual Culture of South Asia. Delhi: Primus, under contract

“The divine path: patterns and decoration in the art of Meher Afroz,” in Niilofur Farrukh, Ed., An Anthology on Meher Afroz (title TBD). Anticipated publisher is Orangi Press, Pakistan, under contract

“Thinking large: miniature painting in the Hundal collection” in Nafisa Rizvi, Ed., The Hundal Collection: A Visual History of Art in Pakistan. Hundal Collection publisher, under contract

Curatorial Roundtable in “Armed/Unarmed: Guns in Visual and Material Culture.” Journal of Visual Culture, 2018

“The Rise of Art Institutions in the United Arab Emirates and its Impact on Contemporary Art in the Extended MENASA Region” in Karen Exell and Sarina Wakefield, Eds, Museums in Arabia: Transnational Practices and Regional Processes. London: Routledge, 2016

“On the Frontline: the Politics of Terrorism in Contemporary Pakistani Art” in Alexander Dumbadze and Suzanne Hudson, Eds. Contemporary Art: 1989 to the Present. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013

“Rooh Keench Photographs” in Saima Zaidi, Ed, Mazaar Bazaar. Karachi, Pakistan: Oxford University Press, 2010

“Perpetual Longing: Community and Nationality in the Art of Shirin Neshat.” Sohbet: Journal of Contemporary Arts and Culture, No. 02: Winter 2010

“Off the Wall: De-framing Contemporary Miniature Painting.” Sohbet: Journal of Contemporary Arts and Culture, No. 01: Summer 2010

Academic exhibition catalogue essays

“Journeys to Old Innovations: the Development of Aisha Khalid’s Practice and Miniature Painting at the National College of Arts in Lahore.” Berlin: Zilbermann Gallery, 2017

“Culture & Democracy: The Exhibition.” Lahore: National College of Arts, 2009

“The Emperor’s New Clothes: Dress, Politics, and Identity in Contemporary Pakistan.” New York: Talwar Gallery, 2009

“1 + 1 + 1: the Synthesis of Life, Religion, and Artistic Practices in Amin Gulgee’s Sculptures.” Dubai: Artspace Dubai, 2009

“Homecoming” and “Outside the Cube” in Moving Ahead. Islamabad: National Art Gallery, 2007

“Cover Girl: the Female Body in Contemporary Art in Pakistan” in John McCarry, Ed, Artists’ Voices: Body. Karachi, Pakistan: Oxford University Press, 2006

Encyclopedia, Website, and Catalogue Entries

Entries on Shakir Ali, Zubeida Agha, Zainul Abedin, Sadeqain, Abu Dhabi (related to contemporary art), Art Dubai, art fairs in the MENA region, Dubai Museum of Middle East Modern Art (MOMEMA) in Italian Encyclopedia (Modern and Contemporary Art), Rome: Treccani Institute, under contract

“Rasheed Araeen” in Judith Rodenbeck, Ed, Grove Encyclopedia of Art. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017

Contributing writer for Resemblance/Re-assemblance. Delhi: Devi Art Foundation, 2010

“Zarina Hashmi” and “Saira Wasim” in Joan Marter, Ed, The Encyclopedia of American Art. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009

“Saira Wasim” in Melissa Chiu, Ed, One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now. New York and New Haven: Asia Society and Yale University Press, 2006

“Sam Francis’ Blue in Motion II” and “Robert Yarber’s Triangle” in Annette Carlozzi, Ed, The University of Texas at Austin’s Blanton Museum of Art’s catalogue of 20th century American art. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2005 (peer-reviewed)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Timeline of Art. Overview of Twentieth-Century South Asian Art; special topic pages in Twentieth-Century South Asian Art,

More about Atteqa