Nur Shkembi


Art History and Art Curatorship

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Nur Shkembi is an award-winning curator. Nur has produced and curated over 150 events, exhibitions and community engagement projects. She was part of the core team which established the Islamic Museum of Australia, serving as the museum's inaugural Art Director, Exhibitions Manager and foundation Curator. Nur has served on numerous boards and committees, including as a Creative State Commissioner. Nur is a Fellow at the Centre of visual Arts.



Destiny Disrupted: Contemporary Muslim artists in the neo-Orientalist turn

Since the late 1700s, Islamic material culture and visual art has been categorised within a traditional frame in Western art history as 'Islamic art'. This frame has been replete with colonial boundaries and a matrix of Eurocentric archaeological categories which have all but relegated Islamic art to a collection of objects situated within a fixed geography. This thesis establishes a contemporary historiography of Islamic art in Australia, along with a critical examination of a selection of artists who identify with an Islamic heritage. This entails a deliberated shift in focus from the 'Orientalist object' - to instead foreground the artist and their practice through a post-colonial frame.

Research interests

  • Contemporary Islamic Art
  • Historiography of Islamic Art
  • Art Criticism
  • Orientalism and Post-Colonial Theory