Shorts 2 - Ahmed Ghoneimy, Marwan Hamdan, Mahmoud Khaled, Basim Magdy, Ahmed Mater, Nadim Mishlawi

past Shorts 2
16 May 2013
Time: 6:45 pm - 8:30 pm
26 May 2013
Time: 3:45 pm - 5:30 pm

Event Type Video screenings

Location Beirut Art Center CHECK THE MAP

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ABOUT THE ARTISTS
DESCRIPTION OF WORK
Bahari - Ahmed Ghoneimy
Blu-ray | 12’30” | 2011 | Arabic with English subtitles

One night, Amr wanders alone in the streets of Bahari, the marginalized eastern shore of Alexandria. While he collects material for an art project, he is allured to film a playful group of children. Two locals are provoked by Amr’s actions, leading to an encounter that evokes elusive fears and desires.
Artificial Light - Ahmed Mater
Blu-ray | 13’ | 2012 | Arabic with English subtitles

In the city of Makkah a new future is being drawn up. Its contours are becoming visible amidst a landscape teeming with initiatives – from the most public to the most private – aimed at developing and reinventing seemingly fixed rituals, states and assumptions; culminating, perhaps, in the re-imagining of life at the centre of the Islamic world. Makkah is a source. Makkah is shaped by its own narrative, which can be traced back to the time of Abraham, and at the same time it releases increasingly significant effects as the global Muslim population grows and becomes more connected. Amid a rapidly changing economic landscape, Makkah is re-examining its situation with regard both to itself and the world beyond.
In Saudi Arabia today contemporary models of urban development based on imported developmental know-how have become the starting point for a host of proposed new cities. For the most part, each will be constructed on a social and historical tabula rasa. Makkah presents an alternative dialogue between plan and reality. Like few other 21st century cities, it is rooted in a complex and highly emotive context in terms of its historical, geopolitical and religious symbolism. It is both one of the most visited places on earth and one of the most exclusive, and yet it is in flux – it moves, grows and invents itself again.
Time Laughs Back at You Like a Sunken Ship - Basim Magdy
Super 8 transfer | Blu-ray | 9’31” | 2012

Basim Magdy, Time Laughs Back at You Like a Sunken Ship, 2012, Super 8 film transferred to HD video. 9 min. 31 sec. (courtesy Newman Popiashvili Gallery, New York)
An enclosed environment of isolated preservation is the setting. A man sits with his mysterious reflective device. What he sees through its eyeholes resembles what is reflected on its surface. Time passes in its own shadow as reality and its representation merge. He waits for something to happen. A ship dances on the horizon. Intricate ancient ruins and monuments intertwine with failed modern societies. Light leaks through the camera and onto the film, creating a sense of poetic unexpectedness. The protagonist is restless. He stands up and walks around in circles. Nothing happens. He sits down again as night starts falling. Time consumes itself in its selfconstructed darkness as a tree swings back and forth.

Courtesy Newman Popiashvili Gallery, New York
A Memorial to Failure - Mahmoud Khaled
Blu-ray | 19’55” | 2013 | English

On the pretext of a studio visit, an influential cultural figure visits an art student. Roles shift, vulnerability becomes professional, and failure celebrates itself as an infinite process.
O Swords Take Me - Marwan Hamdan
Blu-ray | 30’3” | 2012 | Arabic with English subtitles

In one of his poems, poet Mohsen al Ha’eri, speaking in the voice of Imam Hussein (the son of Imam Ali and, after his father, the second of the twelve Shi’a Imams) prior to his martyrdom in the battle of Karbala, says: “If the religion of Mohamed shall not prevail but through my killing/ Then O swords take me”. This video attempts to look at the mythological and metaphysical aspects of Lebanon’s July 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah.

Produced in the context of Home Workspace Program 2012-13, Ashkal Alwan.
Echoes in a Room With no Walls - Nadim Mishlawi
16mm transfer | Blu-ray | 10’ | 2012

Echoes in a Room With no Walls is an abstract approach to the same concepts examined in Nadim Mishlawi’s previous documentary Sector Zero. Both films were shot completely in the ghetto district of Karantina on the outskirts of Beirut. Echoes explores the inability of Lebanese society to overcome its traumatic past and the fear of confronting these traumas rather than ignoring them and allowing them to fester. The core concept is therefore that of the past as an ever-present, oppressive force. The film considers the possibility of our past echoing through time and haunting our present, thus obscuring our comprehension of reality.
GETTING THERE


Beirut Art Center
Jisr El Wati
Off Corniche el Nahr
Building 13, Street 97, Zone 66 Adlieh
Phone: +961 1 397 018 / +961 70 26 21 12
www.beirutartcenter.org

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Home Works 6 exhibition - Final Curator's Tour

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10 June 2013
Time: 17:00 - 18:00

Location Artheum

Event Type Exhibition & Curated Project

The Home Works 6 exhibition includes works by Pilar Albarracín, Cao Fei, Ali Cherri, Ho Tzu Nyen, Iman Issa, Basim Magdy, Ahmed Mater, Park Chan-Kyong , Walid Raad, Khalil Rabah, Walid Sadek, Roy Samaha, Wael Shawky, Mounira al Solh, Seo Min-Jeong, Song Ta & Wang Ningde

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