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Ibraaz Reader 009/05

009_05 / 30 November 2015

Continuing our investigation into the genealogies of performance art, Ibraaz is pleased to announce the publication of new Platform 009 content including an essay that considers the 'online performances' of terrorist imagery by Doa Aly, and a portrait of revolutionary composer Halim El Dabh by Fari Bradley.


We also publish in-depth discussions with artists Helene Kazan and Urok Shirhan (who also presents a commission for Ibraaz Projects), alongside an original project by Adham Faramawy. We are also pleased to release new Channel content by Fayçal Baghriche and Hiwa K., with further reviews and reports from Beirut, Cairo, and London.



The Image(s) Between Us

Doa Aly


Using Jean Baudrilliard's The Spirit of Terrorism as a point of departure, Doa Aly examines the image of death and the 'online performances' of contemporary terrorism, starting with 'the mother of all events', 9/11.


Halim El Dabh

Fari Bradley


Fari Bradley, assisted by Chris Weaver, unearths the biography of Halim El Dabh, an Egyptian musician who composed the first known piece of electronic music: Expressions of Zaar (Ta'abir al-Zaar).





Urok Shirhan in Conversation with Stephanie Bailey

Helene Kazan in conversation with Amal Khalaf

Urok Shirhan discuss her practice, including a performance staged as part of Home Works 6 and Matthias Lilienthal's X-Apartments project in 2013, offering 'Membership to the Occupation of Iraq'.

In this interview with Ibraaz Commissioning Editor Amal Khalaf, Helene Kazan discusses her practice, including recent work Engineering Shelter (2015), in which she examines histories of domestic space.


Cola Revlon Mouthwash

Adham Faramawy


Adham Faramawy presents a commercial of sorts, riffing off of the ubiquitous and recognizable format of soda advertisements.


Watani Al Akbar

Urok Shirhan


In this project, created to accompany an interview with the artist, Urok Shirhan takes on the voices of the 1960 operetta Al Watan Al Akbar.



Last Man Out

This Lemon Tastes of Apple

Fayçal Baghriche

Hiwa K.

In Last Man Out, Faycal Baghriche's most theatrical presentation, the artist embodies William Rodrigquez, who claims to have been the last man out of the World Trade Center on the day of the 9/11 attacks.

This video documents an intervention undertaken by Hiwa K. on 17 April 2011 in Sulaimany, during one of the last days of the civil protest that consisted of two months of struggle.


Collapsing Clouds of Gas and Dust

Colony – Latitude

Laurence Cornet

Mai Elwakil

Laurence Cornet reviews Vartan Avakian's first solo exhibition in Lebanon, which also inaugurates Marfa', a new gallery located in Beirut. 

Mai Elwakil reviews Colony – Latitude, an exhibition by Egyptian artist Shady El Noshokaty at Cairo's Gypsum Gallery (05 October–25 November 2015).


Townhouse: Practical Solutions, Impractical Conditions

Laura Cugusi


On 6 October 2015, Hans Ulrich Obrist hosted a talk with William Wells, founder of Cairo's Townhouse Gallery, at Serpentine Galleries. Laura Cugusi reports.


The Gulf: High Culture/Hard Labor



Ibraaz presents a downloadable podcast of a panel discussion that took place at the launch of The Gulf: High Culture/Hard Labor by Gulf Labor, featuring Guy Mannes-Abbott, Maryam Monalisa Gharavi, James Lynch, and Rima Kalush.



Next month, Ibraaz will publish the most read content of 009 so far, as well as a series of reports and reviews. These include coverage of Home Works 7, The Egyptian Surrealists in Global Perspective, organized by the Sharjah Art Foundation and held at the American University in Cairo, Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin at MuHKA in Antwerp, and Walead Beshty at The Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, in New York.





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