In Who Is Afraid of Ideology? Marwa Arsanios visits three feminist projects, in the mountains of Kurdistan, in North Syria and in the Lebanon – regions scarred by war. Together with the activists, she thinks about our relationship to nature, the way associated knowledge is formed and about the right to defend oneself.
This evening invites us to reconsider space, plants, survival and ecology, exploring the intertwined ecological and human ramifications of climate change in the Middle East, particularly those felt by communities of women. ‘Who’s Afraid of Ideology’ by Marwa Arsanios explores the Kurdish women’s autonomist movement, travelling to a cooperative in the Bekaa Valley which has […]
The curatorial collective What, How & for Whom / WHW took over the artistic leadership of Kunsthalle Wien in June 2019. Their program starts with an international group exhibition featuring more than 30 artists and extending to all spaces of Kunsthalle Wien. The artists in the exhibition offer a critique of the harsh processes that […]
Marwa Arsanios considers practices in agriculture and farming as the starting point of her research. She has investigated communal farming practices by eco-feminist groups in places such as northern Syria. This resulted in the production of two films, presented as a video installation in this year’s Sharjah Biennial 14. Arsanios’s research for the triennial expands to communities […]
The symposium is the first public presentation in an ongoing 3-year artistic research project initiated by Professor and artist Petra Bauer, focusing on the role of aesthetics in women’s organising and resistance.
Timely and provocative, SOFT POWER is an exhibition about the ways in which artists deploy art to explore their roles as citizens and social actors. Appropriated from the Reagan-era term used to describe how a country’s “soft” assets such as culture, political values and foreign policies can be more influential than violence or coercion, the title SOFT POWER suggests […]
Home Works: A Forum on Cultural Practices, is 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.
In January 1963, Al Hilal magazine published an article on the establishment of a ballet school in Cairo. The school, described as a “factory of new bodies”, was to become an important institution in Nasser’s nation-state building project. Ballet was positioned to become the new dance form that would create a rupture with folkloric dances and “modernize” […]
The project Stars Are Closer and Clouds Are Nutritious Under Golden Trees inhabits different times and spaces, thinking in the languages of the region, including Arabic, English, French, Kurdish and Turkish.