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Lisson Gallery

Private Gallery
late viewing | Rana Hamadeh – The Big Board 6:30 pm, Thursday 25 April
  Please join us at on Thursday 25 April, for Lebanese artist Rana Hamadeh's lecture-performance The Big Board, or... 'And before it falls, it is only reasonable to enjoy life a little' (2013) at 6.30 pm, Lisson Gallery, 52-54 Bell Street.

The Big Board, or... 'And before it falls, it is only reasonable to enjoy life a little' (2013) is a newly-commissioned lecture-performance by Rana Hamadeh, and part of her ongoing umbrella project Alien Encounters, which she initiated in 2011. Inspired by Sun Ra's 1974 film Space is the Place, Oskar Schlemmer's 1926 Diagram for Gesture Dance and Paulus Fürst's 1656 engraving of Doctor Schnabel of Rome, the performance is an exhaustive deliberation on the notion and gesture of 'falling'. Thinking through the conjunction of the legal and the spatial, the work evokes a set of provocative associations, playing out an intensive scrutiny of the shared lexicons of criminology, epidemiology and theatre.

Late viewing of the exhibitions "The Magic of the State" and "Pedro Reyes: Disarm" until 8 pm.


Rana Hamadeh is a performance and visual artist from Beirut currently based in the Netherlands. Interested in a curatorial approach within her artistic practice, she works on long term discursive research-based projects that involve different levels of collaborations, and that are presented to the public in the form of lecture-performances, audio/text based installations, mind maps, and public/documented conversations. She initiated in 2008 and 2011 two ongoing research-based projects, 'GRAPHIS N?127' and 'Alien Encounters', under which she has been producing different art works, publications and texts. Her work has been presented at (a.o.) The Townhouse Gallery (Cairo, 2012), Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven, 2011/2008), Beirut Art Center (Beirut, 2010), Teylers Museum (Haarlem, 2010) and New Museum (New York, 2009). She is currently auditing within the Curatorial Knowledge PhD programme at Goldsmiths University, London.

The work is a new commission for "The Magic of the State", an exhibition and editorial project by Lisson Gallery and Beirut, taking place in Cairo and London in Spring 2013. Each exhibition features a different constellation of works by the same artists, including new commissions, and a public program of performances, talks and screenings.

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