Laura Hindelang is a post-doc researcher at the University of Bern, Institute of Art History, Switzerland. Her book Iridescent Kuwait: Petro-Modernity and Urban Visual Culture since the Mid-Twentieth Century (Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter, 2022) is a transdisciplinary study of Kuwait’s urban visual culture in the context of petro-modernity. Based on a broad range of historical sources and visual material such as aerial photography, postage stamps and urban master plans, the book discusses petroleum’s ambigious contribution to modernity, national memory, and urban space along the analytical-aesthetic concept of iridescence. She has published on oil media in Switzerland, spectacular urbanism in the Gulf region, and infrastructures of petroleum and water in Kuwait. Laura serves as a committee member of Manazir – the Swiss Platform for the Study of Visual Arts, Architecture and Heritage in the MENA Region and is an editorial member of the Open Access Manazir Journal. She is also part of the recently established interdisciplinary and cross-regional research group OCMELA – Oil Cultures of the Middle East and Latin America.


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