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The author of numerous books, he also writes widely for the likes of The Guardian, Art Monthly, Wired, Mousse, Frieze and Artforum International.

His writing has also appeared in: Film International, Monopol, Cultured, Scope, The Advocate, Huffington Post, Afterimage, Art in America, ArtPapers, Camera Obscura, Product Magazine, Camera Austria, Variety, Contemporary Practices, Push It Magazine, The Happy Hypocrite, Jaadliyya, Sight and Sound, PopMatters, What’s On Stage, Transnational Cinemas, Rhizome, Butt Magazine, and numerous others. He has been featured widely in the likes of The Financial Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Daily Telegraph, GQ, Art Review, the BBC (Print, Radio and TV Broadcast), The National, Canvas, Elephant, Harper’s Bazaar, Al Jazeera, MTV and Resonance FM, among others. Omar was a founding editor of Portal 9, a journal of critical writing of art and the city, published in Beirut, Lebanon, and is Senior Editor at Ibraaz Publishing, the leading forum on visual culture in the Middle East and North Africa.

//selected writing //

 

Art Monthly

Walk Like an Egyptian? by Omar Kholeif (November 2014)

8th Berlin Biennial by Omar Kholeif (July 2014)

New Criticisms: Writing in the Digital Sphere by Omar Kholeif (March 2014)

The Curator’s New Medium by Omar Kholeif (Feb 2013) (Issue 363)

Superpower: Africa in Science Fiction (June 2012)

Kraftwerk and the Visual Arts by Omar Kholeif (May  2012)

Arab Agendas, by Omar Kholeif  (February 2012) (Issue 353)

Judith Barry Interview by Omar Kholeif (December/January 2011/2012)

Roy Ascott, by Omar Kholeif (November 2011)

Wael Shawky, by Omar Kholeif (May 2011)

Performing the Self, by Omar Kholeif (February 2011) (Issue 343)

Julian Rosefeldt, by Omar Kholeif (November 2010) (Issue 341)

Unsettled Objects, by Omar Kholeif (October 2010) (Issue 340)

Arabicity: Such a Near East, by Omar Kholeif (September 2010) (Issue 339)

Contemporary Art Iraq, by Omar Kholeif,  (June 2010) (Issue 337)

Mousse

Notes on the Post-Digital Condition, by Omar Kholeif (October 2014)

Stages, Liverpool Biennial

Walking Towards Revolution , by Omar Kholeif

BBC Radio, 5 Live

What Does Art Look Like After the Internet? by Omar Kholeif with Jemima Knowles

Camera Austria

Negotiating Absence and Value, by Omar Kholeif, (Issue 126, 2014)

Ibraaz

A Hybrid Model, by Omar Kholeif and Antonia Carver, Ibraaz

Who’s Afraid of Religion?, by Omar Kholeif  with Koken Ergun, Ibraaz

Curating the Revolution, by Omar Kholeif, Ibraaz

Dancing with Barbarians, by Omar Kholeif, Ibraaz

On the Set of the 55th Venice Biennale, by Omar Kholeif, Ibraaz

Two Responses to Peeping Tom Digest #3, by Omar Kholeif and Stephanie Bailey, Ibraaz

On Automobiles, by Sophia Al Maria and Omar Kholeif, Ibraaz

On Science Fiction, by Basim Magdy and Omar Kholeif, Ibraaz

Is Artists’ Independence Being Subsumed By Politics? By Omar Kholeif, Ibraaz

The Non-Located Space, By Mahmoud Khaled (In conversation with Omar Kholeif), Ibraaz

The Social Impulse: Politics, Media and Art After the Arab Uprisings, by Omar Kholeif, Ibraaz

 

New Museum

Writing the canon: Notes on Art Education in Egypt, by Omar Kholeif, New Museum: Six Degrees

 

Artforum

Meeting in the Middle by Omar Kholeif, October 2013, Artforum

 

Soda Pictures

The Lebanese Rocket Society, 2013

 

Al Hoash/Palestinian Art Court

Palestinian Video Art: Constellation of Moving Image

 

Film International

Paradise is Here: The Aesthetic World of Imad and Swel Noury, by Omar El-Khairy and Omar Kholeif, Film International, 2012

Room to Rent: Sexual Dissidence in the Films of Khaled El Hagar, by Omar Kholeif, Film International, 2012

Born in Suez: Khaled El Hagar, by Omar Kholeif, Film International, 2011

A Time To Love & A Time To Die, by Omar Kholeif, Film International, 2010

Derek Jarman’s Angelic Conversations, by Omar Kholeif, Film International, 2010

Danton, by Omar Kholeif, Film International (Issue: 7.5, 2009)

Andy Warhol: Blow Job (Gidal, Peter), by Omar Kholeif, Film International, 2010

Real Queer Arabs, Film International, (Issue: No.1 2010).

British Film’s Identity Crisis by Omar Kholeif, Film International, 2009.

Liverpool Arabic Film Festival 2011, Interview with Omar Kholeif, Film International, 2011

Subversion, Interview with Omar Kholeif, 2012

 

The Guardian

Palisinauts and Virtual Jihadi, by Omar Kholeif, The Guardian, April 2012

The New Guard of Arab Film, by Omar Kholeif The Guardian, July, 2011

The Arts Need Diversity Schemes, Comment is Free, August 2010

No Social Justice For Glasgow’s Art? by Omar Kholeif, 2009

 

Contemporary Practices

The Short and Long of It, by Omar Kholeif, Contemporary Practices, 2011

 

Liverpool University Press

Vision, Memory and Media, eds. Andreas Broegger and Omar Kholeif, Liverpool/Chicago University Press, 2010

 

Frieze

Postcard from Beirut, by Omar Kholeif, 2013

Random Acts?by Omar Kholeif, 2012

On the Edgware Road, by Omar Kholeif, 2012

Larissa Sansour: The Nation Estate, by Omar Kholeif, 2012

Postcard from Sharjah, by Omar Kholeif, 2012

Rashid Rana, Everything is Happening at Once, by Omar Kholeif, 2012

Foud Elkoury, Be…longing,  by Omar Kholeif, 2011

The People are Demanding, by Omar Kholeif, 2011

Raising Dust, by Omar Kholeif, 2011

Future Movements Jerusalem by Omar Kholeif, 2010

Unrealised Potential, Cornerhouse, Manchester, Frieze, Summer, 2010.

 

Sight & Sound

Egypt’s Revolutions on Film, by Omar Kholeif, July 2011.

 

Scope

Screening Egypt: Reconciling Egyptian Film’s Place in “World Cinema” by Omar Kholeif (2008-2010), published February 2011

Palestinian Cinema: Landscape, Trauma, Memory, by Omar Kholeif, Scope   (October 2010)

Transnational Cinemas

Orfeu Negro/Black Orpheus by Omar Kholeif, Transnational Cinemas, Volume 1: Number 2

Jadilyya

Art and Subversion: An Interview with Omar Kholeif, Jadilyya, 2012

 

PopMatters

10th Anniversary Feature: From CD to MP3: The Degradation of Music Curating, Pop Matters, 2009

Special Feature: This is England: Reconciling British Identity (WARP ANNIVERSARY), PopMatters, 2010

Review: Norah Jones: …Featuring, PopMatters, 2010

Review: Christina Aguilera: Bionic, PopMatters, 2010

Review: You, The Living (Andersson), by Omar Kholeif, PopMatters, 2009

Re-Examination: Girl, Interrupted (again), by Omar Kholeif, PopMatters, 2009

Review: Athlete: Singles, by Omar Kholeif, PopMatters, 2010

Review: The Essential Dixie Chicks, PopMatters, 2010

Florence Welsh Brings Art Rock Back to the Masses, by Omar Kholeif, PopMatters, 2010

Review: Laura Nyro: Mother’s Spiritual, by Omar Kholeif, PopMatters, 2009

Spotlight Review: Paper Planes: Doris Day (Single), by Omar Kholeif, PopMatters, 2009

Retro Review: Hole – Pretty On The Inside, by Omar Kholeif, PopMatters, 2009

Analysis: Gaga for Fame, by Omar Kholeif, PopMatters, 2009

Review: Fiona Apple, Tidal, by Omar Kholeif, PopMatters, 2009

Analysis: Art Portraiture in Six Feet Under, by Omar Kholeif, PopMatters, 2009

Review: Jeff Buckley, Grace Around The World, by Omar Kholeif, PopMatters, 2009

Review: Patti Smith, Peace and Noise, by Omar Kholeif, PopMatters, 2009.

Preview: Abbas Kiarostami’s ‘Shirin’, by Omar Kholeif, PopMatters, 2009

Feature Review: Revisiting Miranda July’s ‘Me and You and Everyone We Know’, by Omar Kholeif, PopMatters, 2010

Preview: Lars von Trier’s Antichrist, by Omar Kholeif, PopMatters, 2009.

 

Orange

Album Review: Benjamin Taylor, The Legend of Kung Folk: Pt 1, Orange Music, by Omar Kholeif, 2009.

Live Review: Manic Street Preachers, Orange Music, by Omar Kholeif, 2009.

 

What’s On Stage

Theatre Review: Love Letters Straight From Your Heart, What’s On Stage, Edinburgh Fringe Coverage, 2009

Theatre Review: Party, What’s On Stage, Edinburgh Fringe Coverage, 2009

 

Huffington Post

Reflections on the 2014 Whitney Biennial, by Omar Kholeif, Huffington Post, 2014

The Problem With Arab Culture, by Omar Kholeif, Huffington Post, 2012

The Arab Winter of Discontent, by Omar Kholeif, Huffington Post, 2013

 

Wired

La chambre des machines cause electro-acoustic resonance, by Omar Kholeif, 2012

The School of Global Art: Lucky PDF, by Omar Kholeif, 2012

Product

Hunger by Omar Kholeif, 2008 (Fiction Short Story)