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Ibraaz June Newsletter

003 / 29 June 2012

Taysir Batniji, Ma mère, David et moi, 2012, video still. © and courtesy Galerie Eric Dupont, Paris





From left to right: Taysir Batniji, Untitled, 2002, video still; Ma mère, David et moi, 2012, video still; Gaza-Journal Intime #1, 2001, video still. All images © and courtesy Galerie Eric Dupont, Paris


In our interview for June, Palestinian artist Taysir Batniji discusses his recent video Ma mère, David et moi, 2012, which premiered at the Cinéma du Réel festival at the Centre Pompidou this past March, with independent curator Silke Schmickl. Composed of videos, photographic images, and TV recordings, alongside images from YouTube and Google, Ma mère, David et moi explores the memory of absence and the narrative strategies for reconstituting the elisions of the past and present. In addition, Schmickl and Batniji discuss the recent series of drawings commissioned by the Abraaj Capital Art Prize,To my brother, 2012, which refers to the loss of Batniji's brother, who was killed by a sniper in the First Palestinian Intifada (1987-1993).





Anahita Razmi, from Untitled YouTube Stills, 2012. Courtesy of the artist. 


The 2011 Emdash Award-winner Anahita Razmi has produced a project for Ibraaz, Untitled YouTube Stills, 2012. The project is related to Cindy Sherman's Untitled Film Stills, and rifles through the plethora of user-generated videos online to enquire into whether certain stereotypical images, recognisable figures, settings and aesthetics can be extracted from them. Composed of rebuilt sets, photomontages and collage, the photographs blur together technical alterations of the image and the self-staging of events that combine the hallmark of the 'real' and the intimation of the virtual.





Rabih Mroué performing The Pixelated Revolution, Staatstheater, Kassel, Documenta 13, June 7, 2012. © ATP/Ibraaz Publishing, 2012.



In recently published news, Nour K. Sacranie reports from The British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) Graduate Section Annual Conference 2012, held in London in June; Fawz Kabra looks at Rabih Mroué's performance of The Pixelated Revolution (2012) at Documenta 13 in Kassel and Samiha and Dina Khalil write about the 4th Edition of Cities Exhibition, organised by Birzeit University Museum and curated by Yazid Anani.




We are also pleased to announce that we are currently in discussion with a number of organisations regarding the future publication of Ibraaz's online content in Arabic and English and a twice-yearly print publication of Ibraaz's online essays, artists' projects and interviews. More details will follow over the coming months.


In July, Ibraaz will publish interviews with Fayçal Baghriche and Ala Younis, and the first part of an essay by Ibraaz's Editor Anthony Downey, entitled 'In the Event of Fire: Representing the Aftermath of Conflict'.


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