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  • On Logical Revolts

    Amira Gad speaks to filmmaker Louis Henderson about his 'allegory of revolution', the work Logical Revolts (2012), a 42-minute film in search of the traces of Egyptian civilian resistance against colonial and military oppression, from 1952–2012. Intrigued by a possible connection to the 'Arab Spring' of 2011, Henderson travelled to...

  • On Performing in a Hermetic Context

    Nathan Witt's work is primarily interested in identifying value and meaning through the dissemination of visual culture and learned history. Since 2002, Witt has produced a varied body of work that includes texts as specific counter-images and counter-objects, focusing on the integrity of the motive and its manipulation. In this...

  • New Kids On The Block

    The New Kids On The Block (2011-12) is a project by Lebanese artist Randa Mirza, which to this date has never been presented before. This piece is the result of the artist's work, which began in October 2011, when she started working as an interpreter for Laure Stephan, a French...

  • History as Concept

    'The past can be seized only as an image which flashes up at the instant when it can be recognised and is never seen again,' wrote Walter Benjamin on 'On the Concept of History'. Lasse Lau considers this in 2012 work, Sound from the Hallways. In the film, the artist...

  • Culture In Defiance

    Culture In Defiance: Continuing Traditions of Satire, Art and the Struggle for Freedom in Syria is a new exhibition on show at the Prince Claus Fund Gallery in Amsterdam. Carrying on the fund's preoccupation with studying culture's influence in inequitable social conditions, the exhibition, uniquely curated by a series of...

  • The Noise of Cairo

    In this interview for Ibraaz, Amira Gad speaks to German filmmaker Heiko Lange about his film The Noise of Cairo (2012), which explores the relationship between art and the Egyptian revolution. Featuring a host of cultural figures from Cairo, including artist Khaled Hafez, graffiti artist Keizer and Director of Townhouse...

  • Can Artistic Practices Negotiate the Demands of Cultural Institutions, Public Space, and Civil Society?

    'The young conservatives embrace the fundamental experience of aesthetic modernity – the disclosure of a de-centered subjectivity, freed from all constraints of rational cognition and purposiveness, from all imperatives of labour and utility – and in this way break out of the modern world. They transpose the spontaneous power of...

  • Power Cut Middle East, International Film Festival Rotterdam

    Ibraaz's Contributing Editor Amira Gad reports on Power Cut Middle East, a themed program within the International Film Festival Rotterdam’s main Signals section, which took place between the 25th of January and the 2nd of February, 2012. Power Cut Middle East presented films and visual artworks from the region, with...