Chad Elias

Assistant Professor of Art History
Tate Modern Research Fellow, 2015-18

Chad's research focuses on contemporary art practices and visual cultures of the Middle East. He is currently completing a book for Duke University Press that examines the memory politics of documentary video, archival photography and performance art in post-civil war Lebanon. A graduate of the Whitney Museum's Independent Study Program, Chad's scholarship also engages with art historical debates on the aesthetics of protest, the activation of public space, the politics of representation and the legacies of institutional critique.

Art History
B.A. University of Queensland
M.A. Northwestern University
PhD Northwestern University

Selected Publications

"The Libidinal Archive: A Conversation with Akram Zaatari,"  Tate Papers, no. 19, Spring 2013, n.p.

“Landscape Photography’s ‘New Humanism,’” Either/And, November 2013, n.p. 

"Object in Focus: Rabih Mroué’s On Three Posters," Tate Modern In Focus, February 2014, n.p.

Chad Elias, and Zaher Omareen, "Syria’s Imperfect Cinema," in Malu Halasa, Zaher Omareen, and Nawal Mahfoud (eds.) Syria Speaks: Art and Culture from the Frontline, (London: Saqi Books, 2014), 257-268.

"From Street to Screen: Graffiti, New Media and the Politics of Images in Post-Mubarak Egypt’, in Basma Hamdy and Don Karl (eds.), Walls of Freedom: Street Art of the Egyptian Revolution, (Berlin: From Here to Fame Publishing, 2014), 89-91.

"The Good Shepherd" in Lamia Joreige: Under-Writing Beirut, (New York: Taymour Grahne Gallery, 2015), 22-23.

"In Advance of the Nation: Photography and the Performative Fiction of Statehood in Toy Soldiers," in Simon Brann Thorpe, Toy Soldiers, (Stockport: Dewi Lewis, 2015), 9-14. 

"The Museum Past the Surpassing Disaster: Walid Raad’s Projective Futures," in Anthony Downey (ed.) Archival Dissonance: Knowledge Production and Contemporary Visual Culture, London: I. B. Tauris, 2015.