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Ibraaz June Newsletter

005 / 27 June 2013

This month Ibraaz presents part two of an online version of The Incidental Insurgents, a project by Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme (currently showing in Points of Departure at the Institute of Contemporary Art, ICA, in London). We also publish conversations with Randa Mirza and Mounira Al Solh alongside two Ibraaz Talks featuring Wafaa Bilal and Slavs and Tatars, the latter recorded at '10 Years On: Art and Everday Life in Iraq and Iran'. In Reviews, we present critical angles on exhibitions from Cairo, Beirut, London and Venice. Ibraaz is also pleased to announce the publication of two texts in Essays in collaboration with Creative Time Reports. 



New Kids On The Block

The Many Metamorphoses of Mounira al Solh

Randa Mirza in conversation with Amira Gad

Mounira al Solh in conversation with Nat Muller

Randa Mirza talks about project The New Kids On The Block, in which Mirza, along with Laure Stephan, a journalist collaborating with Le Monde, covered the Syrian revolution and its repercussions on Lebanon.

Mounira al Solh talks to Nat Muller about dealing with complex gender, cultural or political issues in her work. Al Solh adopts a lighthearted approach here in a strategy to open up conversations within a society.

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10 Years On: Art and Everyday Life in Iraq and Iran

10 Years On: Art and Everyday Life in Iraq

Ibraaz Talks: Wafaa Bilal

Ibraaz Talks: Slavs and Tatars

This recording for Ibraaz Talks features Wafaa Bilal. It was recorded during the conference '10 Years On: Art and Everyday Life in Iraq and Iran', organised by Winchester Centre for Global Futures in Art, Design & Media in partnership with Ibraaz.


This performance lecture by Slavs and Tatars was recorded during the conference '10 Years On: Art and Everyday Life in Iraq and Iran', organised by Winchester Centre for Global Futures in Art, Design & Media in partnership with Ibraaz.

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The Incidental Insurgents

Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme


Taking the form of an online pamphlet/publication, this project by Ramallah-based artists Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme tells the stories of a range of significant twentieth century bandits.

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Welcome to Iraq and Otherwise Occupied

Home Works 6

Daniella Rose King

Roy Dib

Two nations with separate trajectories of contemporary art production and whose names conjure memories of international interference, occupation and conflict, took up residence at the 55th Venice Biennale. 

This review of Home Works 6, explores the event in relation to what Roy Dib describes as 'significant idioms of the time, where individuals and societies are trying to make sense of an unsettling present tense.'


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Trade Routes / Conflicted Memory

Covering One's Back

Daniella Rose King

Jenifer Evans

Two recent exhibitions, just a stone's throw from each other in London's West End, presented a selection of artists with overlapping social intents and geographies. Daniella Rose King engages with the themes running between both.

Covering One's Back was curated by Ala Younis and Maha Maamoun, and featured Atfal Ahdath, Yasser Alwan, Goerge Awde, Goran Galić & Gian-Reto Gredig, Raphael Hefti, Hassan Khan,Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs and Heini Stucki.

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In July, Ibraaz will be taking part in 'Regional Vis-à-vis Global Discourses: Contemporary Art from the Middle East', a two-day conference organised in partnership between Ibraaz and the London Middle East Institute at SOAS, University of London. It will be held at the Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, Brunei Gallery, on the 5th and 6th of July 2013. For more information, follow this link.


Next month, Ibraaz will also release the official question for Platform 006, which will be launched in November at an Ibraaz conference to be held at Tate Modern in London. In the months that follow, we will continue to publish material around the theme of Platform 005, from essays to interviews with key figures including Hera Buyuktasciyan, Fulya Erdemci, Özgür Uçkan and Seth Anziska, and reviews from around the world on exhibitions including Saloua Raouda Choucair in London, Home Works 6, the 55th Venice Biennale and Modern Iraqi Art in Dubai.



Banner image: Bench/City/Bench (Sharjah), Copyright ATP/Ibraaz, 2013.

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