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Ibraaz February Reader 009/08

009_08 / 25 February 2016

As part of Platform 009Ibraaz is pleased to present essays by Ahmad Makia and Kate Sutton, conversations featuring Suzy Halajian, Adham HafezHrair Sarkissian, Raed YassinAbdullah Al-Mutairi and Sarah Abu Abdallah, a project by Marwa Arsanios, and reviews from Dubai and Marseille.


On Ibraaz Channel, we are pleased to present a series of talks held as part of the launch of Art Dubai's Global Art Forum 10 at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, and Dubai Design District in January 2016 (prior to the launch of the next leg of the forum at Art Dubai between 16 and 19 March). We also present a video of The Art of Disagreement, a performance staged by Işıl Eğrikavuk in Ankara in 2015 (to be performed at SALT Galata in March), with a report on the performance by Missy Weimer.



Having the Stars

Treading Gulf Waters

Kate Sutton

Ahmad Makia

Kate Sutton explores the work of Christodoulos Panayiotou, specifically in Two Days After Forever (2015), the Cyprus Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale.

Ahmad Makia examines the phenomenon of the xanith in the Gulf and discusses the performance of a socially and stylistically distinguished identity.



Hrair Sarkissian in conversation with Raed Yassin


In this conversation between artists and close friends Raed Yassin and Hrair Sarkissian, Sarkissian discusses his recent exhibition at the Mosaic Rooms in London, and recent evolutions in his work.


The Personal and the Political All at Once

Adham Hafez in conversation with Suzy Halajian


Curator Suzy Halajian and artist Adham Hafez discuss the complexities of performance, and specifically, dance, as way of reordering both historical facts and the geopolitical intricacies of today.


The Performativity of Emotions

Abdullah Al-Mutairi in conversation with Sarah Abu Abdallah


Artists Abdullah Al-Mutairi and Sarah Abu Abdallah discuss the problems that they commonly face in their artistic careers, from the misinterpretation of their works to their positioning as 'spokespeople' for their region.



Learning to Dance

Marwa Arsanios


Marwa Arsanios presents the script for a performance that was written, in part, as an adaptation of Arsanios’ video Olga’s Notes, All those Restless Bodies (2014). The performance is based on an article published in January 1963 in Al Hilal magazine, on the establishment of a ballet school in Cairo.



Art Dubai's Global Art Forum 10: The Future Was

The Art of Disagreement


Işıl Eğrikavuk

Ibraaz is pleased to present a selection of talks that took place during two launch events in Dubai and London in January 2016 as part of Global Art Forum 10: The Future Was, which explores how artists, writers, technologists, historians, musicians and thinkers have imagined, and are shaping, the future.


The Art of Disagreement (2016) brings together 30 performers in the gallery space, reading, singing, dancing and fist-fighting, all to explore the topic of political disagreement. First performed in Ankara towards the end of 2015, it will be staged again on 24 and 25 March in Istanbul at SALT Galata.


Made in Algeria


Caroline Hancock

L. İpek Ulusoy Akgül

Made in Algeria is an exhibition at the Museum for Europe at the Mediterranean Civilizations (MuCEM) in Marseille, which consists of approximately 200 artworks and documents that have been brought together to assess Algerian history from the sixteenth century onward.

1497, at Green Art Gallery, Dubai, is curated by artist Lantian Xie, and features work by Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, UBIK, Matheus Rocha Pitta, Jacob Lawrence, Raja'a Khalid, Shilpa Gupta, Danh Vo, Gitanjali Dang, and Deepak Unnikrishnan.


Performing Politics

Missy Weimer


In this report from Ankara, Missy Weimar describes a performance by Istanbul-based artist Işıl Eğrikavuk, The Art of Disagreement, and situates its relevance in relation to both traditional Turkish folk culture and the tools of international diplomacy used by Turkey's present-day politicians.





In March and April, Ibraaz will be drawing the online version of Platform 009 to a close, publishing a final series of interviews, reports, channel videos, projects and essays exploring the genealogies of performance art in North Africa and the Middle East. Contributors will include Meriem Bennani, Myriam Ben Salah, Sussan Deyhim, Sohrab Kashani, Barrak Alzaid and Shuruq Harb. A number of contributions, plus newly commissioned writing, will be included in Volume 04 of our Visual Culture series, edited by Anthony Downey (forthcoming,  2017).


In May 2016, we will be launching Platform 010, which will enquire into the urgency of certain issues affecting cultural production across the region and its broader global implications. Take a look at the full remit for this platform, here.




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