[rohrpost] (fwd) The Iraqi Equation / KW Berlin dec 17-feb 26
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Contemporary Arab Representations.
The Iraqi Equation
Dates: December 18, 2005 – February 26, 2006
Opening Hours: Tue – Sun 12 – 7 pm, Thur 12 – 9 pm
Contemporary Arab Representations. The Iraqi Equation
KW Exhibition hall / Ground floor
The images and news that have reached us since the Gulf War, since
the invasion and occupation of Iraq, depict the extremely complex
political, but also cultural and social situation of the country in
extremely simplified form. But the dramatic situation the country is
living through is no reason to ignore the creative achievements,
ideas, and difficulties that have shaped Iraqi culture in the past
decades – a period upon which the revolution, political violence, and
finally the consolidation of the dictatorship have left their stamp.
Since the end of the 1950s, Iraqi culture has been characterized by
several phases of short, long, or sometimes permanent exile, by the
growth of a vast, worldwide diaspora, and by the constrained
development of artistic creation in the country itself. It is high
time to confront with each other the various discourses and positions
that have developed differently in Iraq and abroad, in order to map
out the tensions and antagonisms resulting from this special
situation. To this end, it seemed important to us to provide a forum
for creative Iraqis who worked and work in the country itself or in
exile: writers and poets, filmmakers, photographers and artists,
experts and political analysts, but also a few foreign Iraq
specialists, whose analyses contribute to a better understanding of
the problems that led to the current situation.
List of Participants:
Sinan Antoon, Fadhil Al-Azzawi, Fernando Báez, Hana Al-Bayaty, Sargon
Boulus, Sawsan Darwaza, Arab Image Foundation, Tariq Hashim, Koutaiba
Al-Janabi, Gema Martín Muñoz, Maysoon Pachachi, Salam Pax, Haris
Pellapaisiotis, Oday Rasheed, , Samir, Baz Shamoun, Samuel Shimon,
Hashim Al-Tawil, Saadi Youssef and others.
Works by Nedim Kufi, Faisel Laibi Sahi,Talal Refit
Accompanying program at KW:
Saturday, December 17, 2005
5 – 9 pm
7.30 pm Poetry Reading by Fadhil Al-Azzawi, Sargon Boulus and Saadi Youssef
Sunday, December 18, 2005
4 – 6 pm
Literature and Culture in the 60's and 70's in Iraq
Round table with Sargon Boulus, Saadi Youssef, Faisel Laibi and others.
7 – 11 pm
Gema Martín Muñoz – "Policy and Occupation in Iraq"
Hana Al-Bayaty – Presentation of her film “On Democracy in Iraq”,
Al-Bayaty’s activity at the BRussells Tribunal, investigating the
crimes of the occupation,
and a presentation of film material recently shot in Falluja.
Friday, February 24, 2006
7 – 11 pm
Fernando Báez – “The Destruction of The Cultural Patrimony in Iraq”
Hashim Al-Tawil – “Art in Time of War: The Political Fate of Modern
Iraqi Public Monuments after the US Invasion”
Sinan Antoon – “Debris and Diaspora: Iraqi Culture Now”
Saturday, February 25, 2006
7 – 10 pm
Contemporary Iraqi Literature
Carte Blanche to Samuel Shimon and Banipal.
With Fadhil Al-Azzawi, Shimon Ballas and others.
Homage to Samir Naqqash
Launch of Banipal review, winter issue.
Films and videos included in the Platform (running in space during
‘About Baghdad’ documentary film by Sinan Antoon (90 min, 2004)
‘On Democracy in Iraq’ documentary film by Hana Al-Bayati (52 min, 2003)
’16 Hours in Baghdad’ documentary film by Tariq Hashim (60 min, 2004)
‘Return to the Land of Wonder’ documentary film by Maysoon Pachachi
(88 min, 2004)
‘Baghdad Blog - first years' documentary video by Salam Pax (77 min 2004)
'Justice and Reconciliation' documentary video by Salam Pax (10 min 2005)
'Constitution' documentary video by Salam Pax (15 min 2005)
'Voting Amidst Violence' documentary video by Salam Pax (14 min 2005)
‘Where is Iraq’ documentary video by Baz Shamoun (17 min, 2004)
‘Underexposure’ by Oday Rasheed (67min, 2005)
Video portraits of Naseer Shamma (55 min, 2004), Saad Salman (55 min,
2004), Hana Sadek (46 min, 2004), Shawki Abdul Amir (57 min, 2004)
and Jawad Assadi
(54 min, 2005) directed by Sawsan Darwaza.
Video portraits of Valantino (30 min, 2005) and Maath Alousi (30 min,
2005) directed by Haris Pellapaisiotis.
Video portraits of Nahida Rammah (22min, 2004) directed by Koutaiba Al-Janabi.
Contemporary Arab Representations. The Iraqi Equation is a project
directed by Catherine David, organised and produced by KW Institute
for Contemporary Art and the Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona, in
cooperation with Arteleku-Diputación Foral de Gipuzkoa and
Universidad Internacional de Andalucía-UNIA arteypensamiento. THE
IRAQI EQUATION is made possible through the support of the German
Federal Culture Foundation (Kulturstiftung des Bundes) and the
Ministerio de Cultura de España. With additional support from Juan
Lucas Young / sauerbruch hutton architects, Al-Kamel Verlag, Schiler
Verlag and Banipal magazine. A supplement to the accompanying
programme takes place at Hebbel am Ufer (HAU) on January
20 and 21, 2006 under the title MIDDLE EAST NEWS.
Contemporary Arab Representations is a long term project directed by
Catherine David, organised and produced by Fundació Antoni Tàpies,
Barcelaona, Arteleku-Diputación Foral de Gipuzkoa and Universidad
Internacional de Andalucía-UNIA arteypensamiento.
Catherine David is a Fellow of the German Federal Culture Foundation
(Kulturstiftung des Bundes) at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.
For further information please contact:
KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Phone 0049  2434 59 0
Fax 0049  2434 59 99
info at kw-berlin.de
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