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إدواردو غاليانو: عدوّ النسيان

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”حين أموت ستبقى الريح، ستواصل بقاءها“ إدواردو غاليانو - من كتاب المعانقات خطف الموت إدواردو غاليانو، الذي وصفه الروائي جون بيرغر بأنه "عدوّ الكذب واللامبالاة، وقبل كل شيء عدوّ النسيان، والذي بفضله ستتذكر البشرية جرائم الغرب". كتب إدواردو غاليانو مرة "إن الكتابة هي ضد النسيان، الذي يمارس القتل الحقيقي".وأعتقد أن كتب غاليانو، الذي مات غير مكترث بالموت في قرن الريح الأكثر عصفاً، تُقدِّم ترياقاً سحرياً لمعالجة مرض النسيان الناجم عن فيروس مُصنّع في مخابر السلطات المتشابكة والعابرة للبلدان، وستظل الأجيال تعود إلى كاتب احتفى بالتناقضات وبكل ما هو هامشيّ أو مهمّش، والذي صار، بعد موته، "ابن جميع العصور"، كما لو أن غاليانو يصف نفسه في رثائه ...

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عن ما بعد الثورة وقبلها: مقابلة للوضع بين سنان أنطون وبلال فضل

في هذه المقابلة يلقي الكاتب المعارض والمشهور بلال فضل الضوء على الطريقة التي أسهم بها المفكرون والمنشقون في الخطاب الثوري والخطاب المضاد للثورة.تتضمن المقابلة أدناه خمسة أجزاء تستطيعون أن تنقروا على كل منها بشكل منفصل.    بلال فضل بلال فضل كاتب مصري ولد في القاهرة عام 1973. سبق و أن عمل محررا وكاتبا في كبريات الصحف المصرية والعربية. كتب عشرات السيناريوهات لمسلسلات وأفلام مصرية و لديه العديد من الكتب آخرها "فتح بطن التاريخ" (دار الشروق 2014).

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Istanbul Film Festival Cancels Competitions Due to Censorship

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The thirty-fourth annual Istanbul Film Festival has cancelled all of its film competitions at the behest of the various juries, given the extraordinary circumstances at the film festival this year. The festival was forced to withdraw a programmed screening of a Kurdish documentary, Bakur [North] (Çayan Demirel and Ertuğrul Mavioğlu, 2015) from the festival, which resulted in all of the domestic competition films except for two being pulled from the festival by the filmmakers. Filmmakers and film critics from Turkey had issued a press release on 12 April condemning the decision to censor the film Bakur at the Istanbul Film Festival. The signatories of the press statement ...

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الفن الحيّ وفائدته السياسية: مقابلة للوضع بين تانيا الخوري و بسام حداد

تعالج هذه المقابلة مع تانيا الخوري فكرة الفن كسياسة وسيرورة صناعة أدائها المنفرد ومشاريع فنها الحي القائمة على التعاون المشترك تانيا الخوري تانيا الخوري فنانة تعمل في مجال العروض الحية بين مدينتي لندن وبيروت. أعمالها الفردية تعرض في مهرجانات عالمية عديدة وهي ترتكز على الشراكة والتفاعل مع الجمهور وعلى أفكار تتحدى تمركز السلطة  تانيا عضو مؤسس في مجموعة الدكتافون التي تقوم ببحوث عن المكان الفضاءمن أجل خلق عروض حيّة من شأنها أن تفتح نقاشاً في المدينة    

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On Super Mosquito: An Interview with Sudanese Cartoonist Khalid Albaih

SAMAR MEDIA - Cartoonists from the Arab world Episode 6: "Khalid Albaih - Sudan » Filmed : 05/2014 Broadcast 27 March 2015 Khalid Albaih is a Sudanese cartoonist who shot to international fame in 2011, when one his drawings predicting the fall of the Middle Eastern authoritarian regimes went viral after the start of the Tunisian revolution. His cartoons have struck a chord with young revolutionaries from Egypt to Yemen. In his interview with SAMAR, he talks about the role of cartoonists in society, and the importance of the Internet in fostering debate.

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‘African Literature...Says Who?’ with Ngugi wa Thiong'o (New York, 24 April)

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The Warscapes Public Lecture Series and New School's Humanities Action Lab present “African Literature...Says Who? The Last Fifty Years” Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o in conversation with Charles Cantalupo Friday, 24 April at 6pm New School University Center 65 Fifth Ave, New York, New York 10003 Free admission; tickets available here Kenyan born and internationally acclaimed, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o is the author of more major works of fiction, nonfiction, and drama than any African writer. His groundbreaking first novel Weep Not, Child recently celebrated fifty years, and he has since published over thirty works in English and his native language, Gikuyu. Undaunted for half a ...

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اختيار: مجلة نسوية عربية في نقد الأفكار الشمولية

أصدرت مجموعة "اختيار لدراسات وبحوث النوع" عبر موقعها الإلكتروني مجلة نسوية تحمل اسمها وتصدر عن القاهرة. في هذا العدد الأول، تقدم المجلة نفسها كمساحة لتوثيق "التجارب الشخصية والمعرفة والأفكار والنظريات" من أجل تقديم اتجاهات نسوية متعددة. ولا تقتصر هذه النسوية على المطالبة بحقوق المرأة بل تحاول استخدام قراءات النوع لخلق أدوات مقاومة ضد أشكال القمع فالنسوية المبتغاة هنا تفكك أشكال التمييز وتتنافى مع الأنظمة الشمولية. تفتتح العدد الباحثة سارة سالم بمقال عن التضامن النسوي حيث تطرح فيه نظرية التقاطع النسوية التي ظهرت في الولايات المتحدة خلال ثمانينات القرن الماضي. وكانت هذه النظرية قد جاءت كتفكيك لهيمنة المرأة البيضاء على النسوية وتعريفاتها وسياقاتها حيث ...

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Five Decades of Painting and Innovation: An Interview with Samia Halaby

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Last month, Samia Halaby’s retrospective, Five Decades of Painting and Innovation, traveled to Lebanon. Organized by Ayyam Gallery, the retrospective was held at the Beirut Exhibition Center, where it was shown from 2 to 26 February. For the Beirut installment, Halaby added nearly two dozen rarely seen drawings and several more paintings, significantly expanding the original list of included works. Lebanon’s Agenda Culturel interviewed Halaby about her artistic practice shortly before the show opened. The text below is the original transcript of the interview, which was conducted in English via email. Halaby’s Paintings from the Sixties and Seventies, a selection of ...

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Nargess Hashemi: The Pleasure in Boredom

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The Pleasure in Boredom charts Nargess Hashemi’s process of developing over ten years worth of experimentation on graph paper. She has doodled in notebooks from a young age; during long, tedious car journeys, over extended visits with family and at art school where her teacher, artist Farshid Maleki, also assigned her exercises of repeated line drawings. The practice has become somewhat of a lifelong obsession for the artist. Using only the most basic materials, the artist adopts a commonly unfocused and subliminal practice and refines it, resulting in vibrant artworks of great complexity. The title of the exhibition references an essay by E.H. Gombrich, in which the ...

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Ghassan Kanafani's The Stolen Shirt

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[What follows is a translation of a short story written by Ghassan Kanfani in 1958, entitled “The Stolen Shirt.” Although among his relatively lesser known works, especially as compared to his far-reaching novels Men in The Sun and All That’s Left for You, this short story is no less representative of Kanafani’s masterful storytelling. It is also just as representative of the often subliminal, disjointed, and non-linear narrative style he is known for, and through which he vividly captures the harsh and unforgiving realities of refugee life and displacement in which countless Palestinians found themselves after 1948. The Stolen Shirt” is the first story in a larger ...

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Highlights from Sharjah Biennial 12 Open Week

Beginning with March Meeting 2014 and continuing through March Meeting 2015, Sharjah Biennial 12: The past, the present, the possible (SB12) shows works by over fifty artists and cultural practitioners from more than twenty-five countries. The exhibition, series of performances and screening program opened on March 5 in various venues across the emirate, including the Sharjah Art Foundation's buildings, a rundown chicken restaurant known as 'The Flying Saucer" and an abandoned salt factory in the city of Kalba on the Gulf of Oman. Over two-thirds of participating artists present new works and commissions. The biennial is conceived by Eungie Joo with associate ...

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New Texts Out Now: Don Karl and Basma Hamdy, Walls of Freedom: Street Art of the Egyptian Revolution

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Don Karl and Basma Hamdy, editors, Walls of Freedom: Street Art of the Egyptian Revolution. Berlin: From Here to Fame Publishing, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Don Karl and Basma Hamdy (DK & BH): Our main goal in creating the book was for preservation and documentation of the explosive street art of the revolution. But as the project developed, we felt it was not enough to just present photos of the street art, because in this case contextualizing it became important to understanding it. We wanted to expose the transformation of citizens into artists and artists into activists, but also to shed light on the larger framework of the revolution. ...

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Twenty Wheelchairs Roam Downtown Cairo in Mission Roosevelt

Twenty wheelchairs driving through the city streets can feel like an invasion, says Diane Bonnot, the co-creator of Mission Roosevelt. As part of the Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF), Bonnot along with Iacopo Fulgi adapted their performance to downtown Cairo's streets. And through an open call, 20 participants were invited to complete a mission, interacting along the way with the streets, traffic and passersby. We followed the group as they started their mission and spoke to some of the ...

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It’s a Kind of a Domesticated Wilderness: An Interview with Abbas Akhavan

People ask me, “What does it mean?” And I say: “It doesn’t mean anything.” Evidently, the work of Toronto-based artist Abbas Akhavan carries connotations, pointing the viewer to a certain direction. Yet the artist refrains from pedagogic messages, thus encouraging viewers to form their own opinions. At the core of Akhavan’s practice, which he defines as a declination of possible answers to the same problem, lies the idea of the sacred—the respect of nature’s welcoming tenderness, blended with a menacing ...

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Performing 'An Iliad' in Cairo

Like 'The Iliad', 'An Iliad' is a story about the glory and horror of war. Homer focused on the last few weeks of The Trojan War in his epic work, and director Lisa Peterson and actor Denis O'hare did the same in their theatrical adaptation. A major goal for them was to actively engage contemporary audiences with the work. So for three years, they met and read different parts of the text to one another before discussing and expressing the events in their own words. Over time, a script was formed that ...

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Imre Azem on ‘Ecumenopolis: City Without Limits’ (New York, 16 April)

Ecumenopolis: City Without Limits: Screening and Discussion with Imre Azem Thursday, April 16 at 7pm CUNY Graduate Center, Room 5414 365 5th Ave, New York, NY 10016 Ecumenopolis: City Without Limits (2013) tells the story of Istanbul on a neo-liberal course to destruction. It follows the story of a migrant family from the demolition of their neighborhood to their ongoing struggle for housing rights. The film takes a look at the city on a macro level and through the eyes of experts, going from ...

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Sharjah Biennial 12: Adrian Villar Rojas' Planetarium

Argentine artist Adrián Villar Rojas is known for his large-scale, site-specific sculptural installations that attempt to transform spaces and take visitors to a post-human moment in the future. Invited by curator Eungie Joo to take part in the 12th Sharjah Biennial, he picked one of the furthest locations from the emirate's center and created Planetarium, 2015. In an abandoned salt and fish factory in the city of Kalba, he collected, along with his team, stones, shells, roots and a range of ...

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'A Micro History of World Economics, Danced' in Cairo

Although it takes the world’s economic crisis as its theme, "A (Micro) History of World Economics, Danced" is a performance about people, explains French director and choreographer Pascal Rambert. The performance is a collection of personal stories written in real time by fifty volunteer performers from each city the show tours, and is interspersed with a script developed by Rambert and a philosopher friend. Rambert came to Cairo to put on the show for the fourth edition of the Downtown ...

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هل كان الفردوس المفقود فردوسا؟

تنشر في شبكات التواصل الاجتماعي يوميا الكثير من الصور التي تعكس الحياة في فلسطين في فترة ما قبل النكبة عام 1948 وبكلمات أخرى، تلك الفترة التي تم بناءها ثقافيا وأكاديميا ضمن توصيف "الفردوس المفقود"، هكذا بعد نشر تلك الصور يتم مشاركتها عبر الآلاف من الفلسطينيين الذين يحنون للفردوس المفقود الذي لم ولن يعيشوه على ما يبدو وخاصة أولئك من أبناء الجيل الثالث والرابع للنكبة. يمكن تقسيم هواة الفردوس المفقود إلى ثلاث فئات رئيسية : 1- أولئك الذين ذوتوا بعمق الخطاب الإسرائيلي التاريخي والمعاصر والذي روج ...

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Kareem Risan: Archetypes

For more than twenty years, Kareem Risan has depicted his surroundings as richly painted surfaces free of temporal or spatial boundaries. Without references to the hermetic space of the canvas (or paper), Risan employs color as a compositional directive. The artist’s varying treatment of paint is emphasized with the opacity or radiance of particular hues, and becomes the primary source of tension in his works. Despite initial disorder, the divergent sections of the composition are synthesized, appearing ...

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Driven by Storms: An Interview with Sadik Alfraji and Nat Muller

Diluting the melancholic longing for unattainable dreams, which will only ever remain dreams, Sadik Alfraji injects the possibility of hope into his latest exhibition, currently on view at Ayyam Gallery Dubai’s Al Quoz outpost. Curated by Nat Muller, who also edited Alfraji’s first monograph, Driven by Storms (Ali’s Boat) stems from a drawing that the Netherlands-based artist received in 2009 from his nephew Ali. Alfraji drew on the aesthetics of Ali’s boat, symbolising a much-desired escape from the ...

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Beyond Romanticism: Scribbles Then and Now: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation between Wael Attili and Adel Iskandar

In this interview, Wael Attili, the founder of Jordan's most recognizable new media, cartooning, and digital media outfit, explains how soul-searching led to a shift in editorial mission for Kharabeesh.  The interview below includes four parts that you can click on separately. For animated videos from Kharabeesh, see their YouTube channel.  Wael Attili is the founder and chief creative officer of Kharabeesh (Arabic for "scribbles"). He is an Amman-based storyteller, cartoonist, ...

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Boris Brejcha at D-CAF

The Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF) opened its 2015 music program with a bustling concert at Schehrazade Nightclub, featuring Egyptian Mahraganat band El Dakhlaweya and German DJ Boris Brejcha. Brejcha is a favorite in today’s club scene. He plays high-tech minimal music, a combination of minimal and electro, that is playful and has endless variations. Its main features are a pumping bass foundation, driving percussion elements, crazy sound effects, melodies and unexpected turns in the ...

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New Texts Out Now: Khalil Bendib, Too Big To Fail

Khalil Bendib, Too Big To Fail. Washington, DC: Tadween Books, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What was the idea behind putting together this collection of political cartoons?  Khalil Bendib (KB): It struck me at some point after the Arab Spring and the nuclear disaster in Fukushima—both following closely in the footsteps of the Wall Street meltdown—that epochal changes seemed to be finally happening all around us. The hubris of so many tyrannies, whether they be political, economic, or ...

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