FFF5 | Lecture Performances | 2nd Day / ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE

FFF5 | Lecture Performances | 2nd Day

Ali Cherri, Rayyane Tabet, Akram Zaatari, Marcella Lista

Onassis Fast Forward Festival 5–Athens

13 MAY 2018
Upper Stage
Misleading legends haunt recent history – whether we talk about Lebanon or Singapore. Armed with witty humour, the five FFF lecture performances have a lot to say about fabricated narratives: from archaeological excavations and spy stories in Sidon and Tell Halaf, the genealogy of swamps and the geopolitical construct “Southeast Asia”, to the image of the sweaty colonial in Hollywood movies. At the end, there will be an open discussion with the artists.
Free entrance, on a first come first served basis.
Prebooking: infotickets@sgt.gr.
The distribution of entrance tickets begins one (1) hour before and during the symposium.
A series of lecture performances on archaeological excavations connected to spy stories in Sidon and Tell Halaf and an original ramble through the genealogy of swamps is to be delivered by three exceptional artists from Beirut. At the end, there will be a discussion between the artists and Marcella Lista, Art Historian and Chief Curator at the National Museum of Modern Art – Centre Pompidou for the New Media Collection.

19:00 | Dear Victoria
Rayyane Tabet
Dear Victoria is a reading performance based on Tabet’s long-term research into Max Freiherr von Oppenheim’s excavations at Tell Halaf. Documents and photographs from Tabet’s family provided the first impetus to this research—his great-grandfather, Faek Borkhoche, was secretary and translator to Max von Oppenheim during his third expedition to northeastern Syria in 1929. The reading examines what happened to the objects excavated in Tell Halaf and through them weaves a tale of espionage, museological accessions and the fate of family heirlooms.

In English | Duration: 30 minutes

20:00 | Water Blues
"The stagnant and muddy water around which insects and bugs gather reflects a complex image, that of a dull, glaucous misery that engulfs and worries. The shapeless but non-amorphous mud devours and corrodes everything. Very few spaces embody the periphery of human exis­tence as well as swamps. Neither quite land nor water, swamps have long been con­sid­ered dreaded spaces, places with unknown dan­gers from which mists and scents escape. Their waters would be fundamen­tally con­tam­i­nated and dan­gerous spaces, enig­matic and ghostly landscapes that constitute a rich breeding ground not simply for practical resources, but also for the imagination. Through a journey into different narratives around muddy waters, stories of drowning but also of resurrections, Water Blues is a dive into the terrific 'dirty waters'."
Ali Cherri

In English | Duration: 30 minutes

21:00 | ​Uncanny encounters
"A portrait is made when so many stories converge and produce an event of an extraordinary nature. An archeological excavation miraculously leads to finds. An ambitious artist makes his first steps away from painting into a conceptual and performance-based-work. An Imperial museum gets endowed with its most precious collection. A great necropolis is destroyed by the local population. A group of workers in a remote province meet a photographic camera for the first time in their lives. 
We are in Saida, Lebanon, in 1887 and and nothing can prevent such an event form taking place."
Akram Zaatari

In English  | Duration: 60 minutes

22:00 | After lecture performances a discussion will follow among the artists and Marcella Lista, Art Historian and Chief Curator at the National Museum of Modern Art – Centre Pompidou for the New Media Collection.


Curated by: Katia Arfara

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Ali Cherri is a video and visual artist. His recent project looks at the place of the archaeological object in the construction of historical narratives. His solo exhibitions include Dénaturé at Galerie Imane Farès, Paris (2017), Somniculus at Jeu de Paume, Paris and CAPC, Bordeaux (2017); From Fragment to Whole at Jönköpings Läns Museum, Sweden (2017); A Taxonomy of Fallacies at Sursock Museum, Beirut (2016). His work has been exhibited in international museums amongst them Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Milan (2018) Centre Pompidou, Paris (2017); MAXXI, Rome (2017); Le MACVAL, Val-de-Marne (2017); Guggenheim, New York (2016); Aichi Triennial, Japan (2016). He’s the recipient of Harvard University’s Robert E. Fulton Fellowship (2016) and Rockefeller Foundation Award (2017).

Rayyane Tabet was born in Ashqout, Lebanon in 1983. Tabet's work explores paradoxes in the built environment and its history. His sculptures often reconstitute the perception of physical and temporal distance. He received a Bachelor in Architecture from The Cooper Union in New York and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of California in San Diego.

Born 1966 in Lebanon. Lives and works in Beirut. Akram Zaatari has produced more than fifty videos, a dozen books, and countless installations of photographic material, all pursuing a range of interconnected themes, subjects, and practices related to excavation, political resistance, the lives of former militants, the legacy of an exhausted left, the circulation of images in times of war, and the play of tenses inherent to various letters that have been lost, found, buried, discovered, or otherwise delayed in reaching their destinations. Zaatari has played a critical role in developing the formal, intellectual, and institutional infrastructure of Beirut's contemporary art scene. He was one of a handful of young artists who emerged from the delirious but short-lived era of experimentation in Lebanon's television industry, which was radically reorganized after the country's civil war. As a co-founder of the Arab Image Foundation, a groundbreaking, artist-driven organization devoted to the research and study of photography in the Arab world, he has made invaluable and uncompromising contributions to the wider discourse on preservation and archival practice. Zaatari’s represented Lebanon at the Venice Biennial in 2013. his work has been featured at dOCUMENTA(13) in 2012. His films include two features: Twenty-Eight Nights and A Poem (2015) and This Day (2003).

Marcella Lista is an Art Historian and, since 2016, Chief Curator at the National Museum of Modern Art – Centre Pompidou, Paris, for the New Media Collection. Among her most recent projects: Esma / Listen (Beirut Art Center, Beirut, 2016), A Different Way to Move: Minimalismes, New York, 1960-1970 (Carré d’Art, Nîmes, 2017), and at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, in 2017, Anarcheology· Eric Baudelaire. After· Harun Farocki: Images Against Themselves.

12 May 2018

Upper Stage
Free entrance, on a first come first served basis.
Prebooking: infotickets@sgt.gr.
The distribution of entrance tickets begins one (1) hour before and during the symposium.


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