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Home Works 7

Ashkal Alwan is organising Home Works 7, a multidisciplinary forum on cultural practices which takes place every 2–3 years in Beirut. Curated by Frie Leysen, Bassam El Baroni and Christine Tohme, the forum includes exhibitions, lectures, screenings, publications and performances. The projects and commissions – Marwan Rechmaoui, Ghassan Zard, Dictaphone Group and Natascha Sadr Haghighian- will be on view until November 24, 2015. The exhibitions – What Hope Looks Like After Hope (On Constructive Alienation) and On Water, Rosemary and Mercury – will be on view until December 10, 2015.

İnci Eviner, Suna Kafadar, Aykan Safoğlu, and Ali Taptık are invited to the seventh edition of “Home Works” (11–24 November 2015) organised by Ashkal Alwan. SAHA supported the participation of the artists.

Exhibition | Beirut Art Center
On Water, Rosemary and Mercury
Curated by Christine Tohme

Lawrence Abu Hamdan “A Convention of Tiny Movements”,  Abbas Akhavan “Variations on a Garden”,  Ahmed Badry “The Provisionary That Lasts (series)”,  İnci Eviner “Parliament”, Omar Fakhoury “Le Socle du Monde”,  Saba Innab “Al Rahhalah (The Traveler)”, Khalil Rabah “Scale Model Area C, Beit Skariya, # 654, # 653”,  Stéphanie Saadé “A Map of Good Memories”, Tamara Al Samerraei “Let Me Stay a Little Longer”, Ali Taptik “On Grooming and Clothing: Looking at Osmanbey”. 

Thursday 19/11, 6-7 pm | Ashkal Alwan
Two Rivers in One Bed: Co-resistance in the Machinery of Night
Suna Kafadar

What new forms of “self” and “governance” can we imagine today? In the face of growing global oppression, the real war is for our resources, be it the waters, seeds and lands, or our imagination and the ways in which we create meaning. Today, it is all the more crucial to foster communities dedicated to their local struggles, rituals, and stories, each one unique but fundamentally intertwined. The one place we can be is in the here and now of the constantly re-imagined and realized spaces of co-resistance. But how do we build outside of our common denominators of privilege, profit, and the patriarchal state? Weaving modes of local struggle with examples of poetry, Two Rivers in One Bed: Co-resistance in the Machinery of Night will attempt to restore meaning, through an inter-textual reading of possibilities for creating new political-scapes and expressing the untranslatable.

Wednesday 18/11, 5-6:30 pm | Beirut Art Center
Off-White Tulips
Aykan Safoğlu
Turkish with English subtitles, 24’, 2013

Off-White Tulips is a film comprised entirely of archival footage and objects. Through the film, Safoğlu has an imaginary conversation with American author James Baldwin, who lived in Istanbul in the 1960s and 70s. Safoglu’s personal journey resonates with that of Baldwin, whose identity as a gay black man opens the door for the filmmaker to explore the political dimensions of racism and tolerance, while bringing Turkish and American popular icons of the time into the conversation.

About Ashkal Alwan

The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts, Ashkal Alwan is a non-profit organization based in Beirut, Lebanon. Over the past 18 years, the association has been committed to the production, facilitation and circulation of creative and intellectual endeavors across a range of disciplines and media. Ashkal Alwan’s programs include the Home Works Forum on Cultural Practices, curated projects in Lebanon and abroad, the publication of literary works and artists’ books, artists-in-residency programs and the video production and screening program Video Works. In 2011, Ashkal Alwan launched Home Workspace, a 2000m² facility in Beirut dedicated to arts education and production.