Night Vision - Workshop with senior members of Riwaq, Khaldun Bshara, Suad Amiry, Ruba Salim, Michel Salameh, Lana Judeh, Renad Shqerat, Shatha Safi and local guests: Hana Alamuddin, Caecilia L. Pieri, and Yasmine Makaroun.

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18 November 2014
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Event Type Workshop

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Night Vision

Workshop with senior members of Riwaq, Khaldun Bshara (co-director,Riwaq), Suad Amiry (founder,Riwaq), Ruba Salim (architect and designer, Riwaq), Michel Salameh (architect restorer, Riwaq), Lana Judeh (architect, Riwaq), Renad Shqerat (environmental designer, Riwaq), Shatha Safi (architect, Riwaq ) and local guests: Hana Alamuddin (Department of Architecture & Design, AUB), Caecilia L. Pieri (Institut français du Proche-Orient), and Yasmine Makaroun (teacher in Fine Arts Faculty and Center for Restoration and Conservation, Lebanese University)

This session addresses key challenges and pitfalls of architectural and conservational practice as defined by Riwaq. The workshop will address the possibilities of harboring an overarching professional vision in the context of today, as well as the peculiar role of public intellectual or social engineer that the Riwaq agenda inevitably invokes.

Limited capacity, registration required. To register, send an email to .

This workshop is part of Traction 2: Workshopping the Riwaq Biennale, a seminar by Resident Professor Khalil Rabah, taking place from November 17 – 21, 2014 at Ashkal Alwan, Beirut. The seminar is presented as part of Rabah’s workshop for HWP 2014-15: Setups / Situations / Institutions.

Traction 2 doubles as the 5th Riwaq Biennale’s (RB5) contribution to Home Workspace Program (HWP) 2014-15 at Ashkal Alwan, Beirut. As a whole, it will reflect all the key components of RB5. The seminar begins with an introduction to the biennale program and the Riwaq agenda, and features extensive tours of sites that were pivotal to the Palestinian experience in and around Beirut. In an exploration of HWP and the RB5 educational program NADI, Traction 2 also addresses the promises and pitfalls of informal art education over recent decades. Finally, the seminar ends with a transregional investigation of the institutional memory of contemporary art since the 1990s.
The seminar forms the second part of the RB5 public program, Traction, which is structured as a long series of responses to institutions and events throughout Palestine and its immediate neighborhood. It aims to push the biennale to be thinking “through” the structures of contemporary art, as opposed to thinking “about” or “against” them.
In this spirit of chronic infiltrations and slow tenacity, RB5 will span a full two years, which may allow this brief visit to Lebanon to become a lasting contribution to a longer, accumulative conversation.
Traction 2 is not only an infiltration of HWP in Beirut, where RB artistic director Khalil Rabah is one of the year’s resident professors, but an opportunity to enrich and indeed infiltrate the RB5 agenda in and of itself.

Traction is a programme proposed and organized by the 5th Riwaq Biennale in Palestine.

Traction 2 is an event produced and organized by the Homeworks Program Ashkal Alwan and the 5th Riwaq Biennale in Palestine

The seminar is open to the public. Some events have limited capacity and require registration.

Khaldoun Bshara
Suad Amiry
Ruba Salim
Michel Salameh
Lana Judeh
Renad Shqerat
Shatha Safi
Hana Alamuddin
Caecilia L. Pieri
Yasmine Makaroun

Ashkal Alwan | Home Workspace
Jisr el Wati, Street 90, Building 110, 1st Floor
Near Souk Al Ahad, facing IMPEX Garage, Pink Building next to Beirut Art Center
Phone: +961 1 423 879

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