How Close Could We Get to the Light and Survive?

Curated by Rabih Mroué

Akram Zaatari, In This House, 2005 (film still)

Akram Zaatari, In This House, 2005 (film still)

In Lebanon, a country subject to upheaval since its inception, only one thing has remained stable: the continuous inter-penetrability of politics and religion, Rabih Mroué asserts. After the end of the Civil War in 1990, a new generation of artists felt the need to unpack history beyond its emptied propagandistic and political takeover. This allowed the rise of a format today widely known as “lecture performance.” With a series of “non-academic lectures,” Rabih Mroué invites Lebanese artists and writers to reflect upon today’s ongoing eruptions of violence in the region in light of a heavy historical legacy. By using this term, the program highlights its origin from an academic context, yet deploys the format as a strategy of artistic research to question the very authority of institutional restrictions and to investigate the fabrication of truth.

With Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Hoda Barakat, Ahmad Beydoun, Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, Lina Majdalanie, Rabih Mroué, Walid Raad, Mounira Al Solh, Akram Zaatari