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Ibraaz Reader 009/02

009_02 / 30 July 2015

Ibraaz is pleased to publish interviews with Hiwa K, Kristine Khouri & Rasha Salti, and Lina Majdalanie (previously known as Lina Saneh), with projects by Samah Hijawi and Amau Menlibayeva. Elsewhere we publish an essay by Todd Reisz on Dubai's Aladdin City, reviews from Sharjah, Thessaloniki and the Venice Biennale and, on the Ibraaz Channel, we present an exclusive video with the Delfina Foundation's Aaron Cezaralongside video performances by Wael Shawky and Doa Aly.



Performative Resonances

Hiwa K in conversation with Anthony Downey and Amal Khalaf


Hiwa K's work fundamentally interrogates the position of the artist, formal education systems and the resonances, both literally and aurally, of historical events. In this far ranging conversation between the artist, Anthony Downey and Amal Khalaf, Hiwa reflects upon his most recent work The Bell (20072015) and previous performances, highlighting how his use of sound produces performative acts and explaining how he utilizes humour to reinvigorate the friction of reality.

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Past Disquiet

Rasha Salti and Kristine Khouri in conversation with Samah Hijawi


Samah Hijawi talks to Rasha Salti and Kristine Khouri about Past Disquiet: Narratives and Ghosts from the International Exhibition for Palestine 1978, which opened at MACBA Barcelona in February 2015.

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Place, Space and Purpose

Lina Majdalanie in conversation with Göksu Kanak


Lina Majdalanie (previously known as Lina Saneh) talks about the concepts of 'East' and 'West' as dichotomies around which various elements of performance are situated.

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Where are the Arabs?

Samah Hijawi


Where are the Arabs? (2009) points at a particular moment in the 1960s when there was hope for the Arab nations to unify and counter the effects of colonialism and its culmination in the occupation of Palestine.

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Fire talks to me

Almagul Menlibayeva


To accompany an interview with Basak Senova, Almagul Menlibayeva presents a video excerpt of a work presented as part of The Union of Fire and Water, a collateral event for the 56th Venice Biennale.


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‘A Deep Reverence for the Region's History'

Todd Reisz


In this essay, Todd Reisz extracts the histories, both real and fictional, of Dubai's Aladdin City, a development project launched in February 2015.

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All the World’s Futures

Kate Sutton


Kate Sutton reviews the 56th Venice Biennale, All the World's Futures, curated by Okwui Enwezor.

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The 5th Thessaloniki Biennale

Stephanie Bailey


Stephanie Bailey reviews the 5th Thessaloniki Biennale's central exhibition Between the Pessimism of the Intellect and the Optimism of the Will, curated by Katerina Gregos.

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Kareem Estefan


Kareem Estefan reviews Accented, a recent exhibition at the Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah, featuring the work of artists including Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Jaret Vadera, GCC and Farah Al Qasimi, among others.

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Curating Performance Art


Aaron Cezar discusses A Prologue to the Past and Present State of Things, part of the launch of Delfina Foundation's new research and commissioning platform Staging Histories.

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A Tress of Hair

Doa Aly


A Tress of Hair is based on two short stories written by the nineteenth century French writer Guy de Maupassant. When fused together, these two stories become an allegorical cycle of waste.

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Bent Jbeil

Wael Shawky


Wael Shawky recites verse from surat Al-Baqara in the Qur'an (verses 40 to 123) in Bent Jbeil's old centre amidst the rubble from the Israeli assault on Lebanon in the summer of 2006.

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Ibraaz Platform 009, which explores the genealogies of performance art in North Africa and the Middle East, continues in September after a break for the summer. We will publish further contributions on performance art fromamongst others, Reza Aramesh, Seth Ayyaz, Nahrain Al-Mousawi, Sarah Abu Abdallah and Abdullah Mutairi, Shiva Balaghi, Sam Bardaouil, Ifitkhar Dadi, Rana Hamadeh, Shuruq Harb, Hasan Hujairi, Sohrab Kashani, Yazan Khalili and Lara Khaldi, Anahita Razmi, Urok Shirhan, Sondos Shabayek, and Hrair Sarkissian.



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