MP6: Contemporary Art Festival from the Arab World / ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE
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MP6: Contemporary Art Festival from the Arab World

Tony Chakar

11 March 2012
21:00
Upper Stage
45 min
An attempt to grasp and to comment, hence to participate in, what is currently happening all through the Middle-East.
10 € | Concs. 5 €
2-sessions ticket: 14 €
3-sessions ticket: 18 €
Meeting Points All ticket
The event is a Marathon of Solos and Performances session of Meeting Points 6

One Hundred Thousand Solitudes (2011)

From the sweetness of Cairo to the bitterness of Beirut, and all that’s in between, One Hundred Thousand Solitudes is an attempt to grasp and to comment, hence to participate in, what is currently happening all through the Middle-East and writing a crucial chapter of the region’s History. Our hearts go up, our hearts go down – like an emotional rollercoaster breaking into our rooms from behind the computer screens, transforming our supposedly most private space into a public area, as we surf Facebook’s newsfeeds from what is actually nothing but an interaction of systems of solitude.

Tony Chakar is a Beiruti architect and writer whose work includes several collaborations with the leading contemporary arts association, Ashkal Alwan: Chimerical City, 1999; All That is Solid Melts Into Air, 2000; Four Cotton Underwear for Tony, 2001; The Eyeless Map, 2003; A Window to the World, 2005; and The Sky Over Beirut – Walking Tours of the City, 2009.
 
Outside Lebanon, Chakar exhibited his work in the region and beyond: Townhouse Gallery Cairo; Contemporary Arab Representations curated by Catherine David and presented in several European cities; Sharjah Biennale, Sao Paolo Biennale and Venice Biennale; Royal College of Art and ICA, London.
 
Furthermore, Chakar’s art projects and multidisciplinary performances have benefited from several partnerships with other fellow innovative and progressive artists such as Naji Assi, Rouwaysset, a Modern Vernacular, 2001; Walid Raad and Bilal Khbeiz, My neck is Thinner than a Hair, 2004; Rabih Mroué and Tiago Rodrigues, Yesterday’s Man, 2007. Tony Chakar also regularly contributes to European art magazines, and teaches History of Art and History of Architecture at the Académie Libanaise des Beaux arts (ALBA), Balamand University.

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One Hundred Thousand Solitudes (2011)
lecture performance
 

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English with simultaneous translation into Greek