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Ibraaz April Newsletter

008 / 30 April 2015

In this final installment of Platform 008, which considers the historical and contemporary relations between North Africa, the Middle East and the Global South, Ibraaz is pleased to publish essays by Lara Khaldi, Franco 'Bifo' Berardi and Timothy PA Cooper, interviews with Vangelis Vlahos, November Paynter and Didem Pekün, projects by Vlahos and Eric Baudelaire, and a review of Sharjah Biennial 12.



Building in a-topia

Franco Berardi


Franco Berardi considers deterritorialization through geographical, linguistic and cultural displacement. In doing so, he wonders if there is a way to move past the identity traps of 'bottomless pasts' and 'imaginary homelands'.

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Letters to Naeem Mohaiemen

Lara Khaldi


Writing to Naeem Mohaiemen, Lara Khaldi traces a history of hijackings, protests, and conflicts in Mohaiemen's films United Red Army (The Young Man Was, Part 1) and Afsan's Long Day (The Young Man Was, Part 2).

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The Shadow Economies of Being Seen

Timothy Cooper


Timothy Cooper explores the interrelated points of departure and arrival that delineate the axis of the Global South and Middle East, taking into account the ever-shifting populations on which these terms are imposed.

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A Cartography of Events

Vangelis Vlahos in conversation with Stephanie Bailey


Vangelis Vlahos discusses his work, which mines archives of history so as to produce geopolitical perspectives around historical events, from the arrest of Abdullah Ocalan in 1999, to the Elounda Summit in 1984.

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A Century of Centuries

November Paynter and Didem Pekün in conversation with Basak Senova


Basak Senova interviews curator November Paynter and artist Didem Pekün about the development of A Century of Centuries, the cumulative end result of a research process based on dialogues with a range of international artists at SALT Beyoğlu in Istanbul.


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The Elounda Summit

Vangelis Vlahos


The Elounda Summit (The Differences Between The Parts Are The Subject of The Composition) refers to the Greek Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou's personal mediation between France and Libya over arrangements for bilateral troop withdrawals from Chad, in a summit meeting in Elounda Bay, Crete, on November 15, 1984.

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The Ugly One

Eric Baudelaire


Eric Baudelaire presents an excerpt from his film, The Ugly One, with a screenplay by Masao Adachi. The film features Rabih Mroué and Juliette Navis as Michel and Lili: two characters who meet on a Beirut beach and struggle to piece together fragments from their respective pasts.

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The Politics of the (im)Possible

Nat Muller


Nat Muller reviews the 12th Sharjah Biennial (5 March5 June 2015) and navigates between the 'whispers and gestures rather than [the] outspoken and bold statements' of the event. Outlining some of the standout works selected, Muller presents a brief critique of the biennial, its curation, and its contexts.

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In May, Ibraaz will launch Platform 009, which will consider the genealogies of performance art in North Africa and the Middle East.


Contributors include: Sarah Abu Abdallah, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Sophia Al-Maria, Nahrain Al-Mousawi, Doa Aly, Marwa Arsanios, Seth Ayyaz, Rayya Badran, Hassan Darsi, Sussan Deyhim, Tania El Khoury, Ismail Fayed, Rana Hamadeh, Samah Hijawi, Shuruq HarbMalak Helmy, Hasan Hujairi, Hiwa K., Sohrab Kashani, Hassan Khan, Morad Montazami, Abdullah Mutairi, Joe Namy, Stephen Sheehi, Sondos Shabayek, Hassan Sharif, Hrair Sarkissian, Nathan Witt, and Raed Yassin, amongst others.



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