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Basis voor Actuele Kunst - BAK

Public Institution
Lecture-performance Rabih Mroué - The Inhabitants of Images
  17.04.2012, 20.00-22.00 uur/hrs

Locatie/Venue: SMART Project Space, Amsterdam

Lecture-performance by the 2011 Prince Claus laureate Rabih Mroué on the occasion of the launch of Rabih Mroué: A BAK Critical Reader in Artists' Practice, organized by BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development, Amsterdam, and SMART Project Space, Amsterdam.

Artist Rabih Mroué presents the lecture-performance, The Inhabitants of Images, 2009, to mark both the receiving of the 2011 Prince Claus Award and the release of the artist's first comprehensive publication, Rabih Mroué: A BAK Critical Reader in Artists' Practice. In this three-part "non-academic lecture," Mroué delivers a text analyzing different instances of the manipulation of images for political ends in Lebanon. The work's point of departure is an image of a poster that Mroué saw in Beirut, featuring an (otherwise impossible) meeting between former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri (born 1944, died 2005) and former Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser (born 1918, died 1970). The artist then takes us through a series of images of commemorative posters of martyrs and sets off a flow of speculations about the fabrication of political mythologies, masterfully mixing fact with fiction.

Mroué (born 1967) is an actor, director, playwright, and artist based in Beirut, whose practice spans disciplines and formats such as music, performance, theater, and visual art, and explores how varied modes of art can open up a space of possibility in connection to civic and political imagination. In 2011 Mroué became a Prince Claus laureate "for his radical interrogation of memory, power, and the construction of truth, for creating direct audience encounters with and methods for analyzing the instability of meaning, for stimulating critical social engagement by exposing and opening up discussion on sensitive issues, and for offering a moral voice emphasizing individual responsibility."

The publication Rabih Mroué: A BAK Critical Reader in Artists' Practice is published by BAK and post editions in 2012 as a compendium of critical texts. It includes contributions by: Maaike Bleeker (art historian, Utrecht/Amsterdam); Keti Chukhrov (art theorist, Moscow); Fadi El Abdallah (poet and jurist, The Hague); Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige (filmmakers, Beirut); Nataša Ilic' (curator, Berlin); Bilal Khbeiz (artist and poet, Los Angeles); Anders Kreuger (curator and writer, Antwerp); Hila Peleg (curator and filmmaker, Berlin) and Stella Bruzzi (media theoretician, Warwick); Walid Raad (artist, New York); Jalal Toufic (artist and writer, Berlin); Kaelen Wilson-Goldie (art critic, Beirut); and Akram Zaatari (artist, Beirut). This inaugural publication in the BAK Critical Reader Series in Artists' Practice introduces a new publishing line alongside BAK's acclaimed Critical Reader in Contemporary Art Series, and is edited by Maria Hlavajova and Jill Winder with associate editor Cosmin Costinas,. The reader is designed by Kummer & Herrman, Utrecht. Language: English. ISBN: 978-90-77288-00-9.

The lecture-performance is followed by drinks.

Venue: SMART Project Space, Arie Biemondstraat 111, Amsterdam

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