Home Works 8: A Forum on Cultural Practices

October 17-27, 2019 | Beirut, Lebanon

Ashkal Alwan, The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts



Ashkal Alwan is pleased to announce the 8th edition of Home Works: A Forum on Cultural Practices, a multidisciplinary forum taking place across Beirut every three years and featuring group exhibitions and artist projects and commissions; talks, panels, and readings; music, dance, and theatre performances; film and video screenings; and publications. 

Home Works 8 is made possible with the generous support of Philippe Jabre Association, Robert A. Matta Foundation, Sharjah Art Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Arab Fund for Arts & Culure (AFAC), Peter and Nathalie Hrechdakian, Goethe Institut-Libanon, Institut français du Liban, Marwan T. Assaf, Fondation Aimée & Charles Kettaneh, others who wish to remain anonymous, and more to be announced.


Following a presumed conclusion of the civil war in Syria, global management consultancies have urged Lebanon and other regional actors to invest in the country’s industrial and urban reconstruction through their private sectors, inviting architecture studios, businesses, tech startups, and public policy think tanks to design, bid in, and scramble for its people’s futures. The human, material, and cultural devastation in Syria is being framed as a ground zero for transnational firms and necropolitical regimes to experiment in market maximization schemes—a violent disavowal of the hope to build another world, envisioned from Daraa to Rojava, and all the way to the Notre-Dame-des-Landes. These endeavors manifest amidst a global conjuncture characterized by decades of neoliberal austerity measures, rampant financialization, accelerated processes of ecological erosion, and a surge in right-wing identitarianism, prompting us to ask ourselves and one another: How do we safeguard the radical imagination from vanquishing discourses and economies of reconstruction? Where do we nourish spheres of interdependence and autonomy in this sterile night?

The 8th edition of Home Works summons artists, curators, filmmakers, scholars, and writers to partake in worldbuilding. In worldbuilding processes, fabricated elements are woven into authoritative realities, forging the perceptible with the imagined, and reconfiguring dominant models of being-in-the-world. When set against the backdrop of modernity and its failed utopian propositions and legacies of cultural infrastructures, worldbuilding offers an infinite set of configurations for ways to feel, make sense of, and render the world. Communities have long confronted the there and then with the construction of fantastical frameworks, designing speculative paradigms for the future, and drawing blueprints for alternative modes of doing. By convoking the radical imagination and exploring imaginary worlds as forms of knowledge, we break from systematic cycles of injury, precarity, and attrition, and participate in acts of re-enchanting the social relations and natural taxonomies that compose our world.

Featuring Chafic Abboud; Deena Abdelwahed; Khaled Abdelwahed; Yvette Achkar; Etel Adnan; Nabil Ahmed; Haig Aivazian and Jumana Manna; Fatima Al Qadiri; Tuan Andrew Nguyen; Marwa Arsanios; Mirene Arsanios and Maryam Monalisa Gharavi; Athena Athanasiou; Tarek Atoui and Eric La Casa; Kader Attia; Nishat Awan; Zach Blas; Merve Bedir; Daniel Blanga Gubbay; Huguette Caland; Carla Chammas and Rachel Dedman; Nazli Dincel; Mandy El-Sayegh; Haytham El-Wardany; Jumana Emil Abboud; Peter Eramian; Ali Eyal; Simone Fattal; Fehras Publishing Practices; Alia Farid; Charbel-joseph H. Boutros; Shadi Habib Allah; Ghida Hachicho; Farid Haddad; Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige; Ghassan Hage; Rana Hamadeh; Mona Hatoum; Maxime Hourani; Saba Innab; Geumhyung Jeong; Helen Khal; Ligia Lewis; Candice Lin; Antonia Majaca; Lina Majdalanie, Rabih Mroue, and Mazen Kerbage; Raafat Majzoub; Ahmad Makia; Sahar Mandour; Randa Maroufi; Omar Mismar; Mochu; Dala Nasser; Arjuna Neuman and Denise Ferreira da Silva; Wong Ping; Walid Raad; Saloua Raouda Choucair; Aref Rayess; Nora Razian; Alice Ripoll; Khaled Saghieh; Mohammed Said Ezzedine; Dorothy Salhab-Kazemi; Rasha Salti and Christoph Terhechte; Roy Samaha; Mario Santanilla; Ghiwa Sayegh; Walid Siti; Jenna Sutela; Ho Tzu Nyen; Françoise Vergès; Raed Yassin; Umut Yildirim; Ala Younis; Kathryn Yusoff; Akram Zaatari; and more to be announced. 

Agial Art Gallery
63 Abdul Aziz street, Hamra district
Tel.: +961 (0)1 345 213 

Al Madina Theatre 
Hamra Street, Saroulla Building
Tel.: +961 (0)1 753 010/1

Ashkal Alwan Building
Jisr el Wati, Souk el Ahad, Street 90, Building 110, facing Chevrolet Impex Garage
Tel: +961 (0) 1 423 879

The Ballroom Blitz
Harley Davidson building, 1st floor, Sea Side Road
Tel.: +961 76 999 334

Beirut Art Center
Jisr El Wati, off Corniche al Nahr, Street 93, Safe Building, facing Sunday Market
Tel: +961 (0) 1 397 018

Metropolis Empire Sofil
Sofil Center, Charles Malek Avenue, Ashrafieh
Tel: +961 (0) 1 328 806

Mina Image Center
Stone Gardens bldg, Darwich Haddad St, Port District
Tel: +961 81 281 670  

Monnot Theatre
Université Saint-Joseph St., Monnot
Tel.: +961 (0) 1 202 422

Nicolas Sursock Museum
Greek Orthodox Archbishopric Street, Ashrafieh  
Tel: +961 (0) 1 202 001 

Platform 39
23 Mgr. Ghophrael St., Fassouh, Ashrafieh
Tel: +961 (0)1 339 381

STATION
Jisr el Wati, Souk el Ahad, next to Chevrolet Impex Garage
Tel: +961 71 684 218

Sunflower Theater
Sami el Solh Street, end of Badaro Tayouneh roundabout
Tel: +961 (0) 1 426 869

Exhibition opening | I will return, and I will be millions

Reading | A sea that builds by Lina Attalah and How Practical Are Queer and Feminist World-Making Projects? by Ghiwa Sayegh

Reading | Tripoli-Homs: Route 74 by Khaled Saghieh and Battles in a Future Estate by Ala Younis

Conversation | On Unalienated Planetarity by Antonia Majaca and Marina Vishmidt

Panel | Dispossessions by Marwa Arsanios with Athena Athanasiou and Umut Yıldırım

Conversation | Who Cares? by Nishat Awan and Merve Bedir

Talk | Towards a Lenticular Politics by Ghassan Hage

Talk | Geologies of Race, or Inundation by Kathryn Yusoff

Conversation | On Strategies of Fugitivity in Societies of Control and Surveillance by Françoise Vergès and Kader Attia

Conversation | On the Dancefloor of Co-Imagination by Daniel Blanga Gubbay and Raafat Majzoub

Panel | Circumventing Towards the Future by Haytham El-Wardany with Saba Innab, Sahar Mandour, and Mohammed Said Ezzedine

Lecture-performance | Dirt, Debt, Death by Maryam Monalisa Gharavi

Lecture | Toy Volcano by Mochu

Lecture-performance | Trans-Pakistan Zindabad (Long Live Trans-Pakistan) by Umber Majeed

Lecture-performance | Flamers by Zach Blas

Exhibition opening | At the still point of the turning world, there is the dance

Exhibition opening | The Amateur and problems with metaphor by Mandy El-Sayegh

Lecture-performance | While some cry, others sell tissues - the nature of becoming extinct - by Mario Santanilla

Lecture-performance | Time Tuning: 50 Years Later by Raed Yassin

Lecture-performance | Vertigo by Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige

Music performance | Khonnar (Live Set) by Deena Abdelwahed

Music performance | Shaneera (Live A/V Set) by Fatima Al Qadiri

Exhibition walkthrough | Les Louvres and/or Kicking the Dead by Walid Raad

Performance | Borborygmus by Rabih Mroué with Lina Majdalanie and Mazen Kerbage

Performance | CRIA by Alice Ripoll and Cie Suave

Performance | minor matter by Ligia Lewis

Lecture-performance | Oil Pressure Vibrator by Geumhyung Jeong

Performance | I/E Beirut: two takes of a harbor by Tarek Atoui with Eric La Casa

Performance | Can You Make a Pet of him Like a Bird or Put him on a Leash for your Girls? by Rana Hamadeh

Screening | The Landing by Akram Zaatari

Exhibition opening | The distance between your eyes and the Sun by Charbel-joseph H. Boutros

Exhibition opening | The Setting of Noon by Haig Aivazian and Jumana Manna

Talk | Impunity in a Warming World by Nabil Ahmed

Reading | a few big images by Stefan Tarnowski and The Anthropology of Nature in a World Without Us by Maxime Hourani 

Exhibition opening | Wild flowers in the midst by Peter Eramian and Where does a thought go when it's forgotten? by Ali Eyal

Exhibition opening | God’s Army (and other suffering loves) by Jumana Emil Abboud and R for Resonance by Ho Tzu Nyen

Exhibition opening | Studies on movement by Ghida Hachicho and Schmitt, You and Me by Omar Mismar

HW8 short films screenings

Lecture-performance | Borrowed Faces: A Prologue by Fehras Publishing Practices

HW8 publications launch and reading