Lectures in Art History: Lamia Balafrej, UCLA
“On Slavery and Technology in the Medieval Mediterranean”
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Associate Professor Lamia Balafrej specializes in the arts of the medieval and early modern Islamic world with particular interests in the intersected histories of labor, technology, materiality, and representation. Her first book, The Making of the Artist in Late Timurid Painting (Edinburgh University Press, 2019, also available on jstor), focused on Persian painting’s intricacy; it showed how visual abundance and linear precision worked to call attention to painting’s formation as image and object, thus reversing the political and pictorial hierarchies between patron and artist, image and text, while raising questions about authorship, medium, and representation.