Category Archives: Video

Artistic dialogue, a provocation?

Yesterday was the opening of the first event of the FORUM for new arab art this year. I launched the FORUM in 2012 as a platform for showing art produced in different Arab countries and by artists of Arab origin … Continue reading

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Istanbul Days

Since 2010, Delphine Leccas and myself have been organising the Visual Arts Festival Damascus. At the time of its launch in Autumn 2010, we did not know that it would be the only time the festival would take place in … Continue reading

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Communicative Spaces and New Media in the Context of Political Emergencies: Strategies of Palestinian and Syrian artists

A figure runs across a barren desert landscape towards the viewer. As it nears, we can discern the figure of a young man, smiling and friendly looking. He seems full of hope, happy to have reached his goal and stops … Continue reading

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Creative Strategies of Protest in Syria: Mapping the Virtual Agora

Since the protests started in Syria last year and the large scale ban on foreign journalists, we have been witnessing a wave of disturbing images from inside Syria, caught on camera by brave citizen journalists under great personal risk and … Continue reading

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Behind Walls

Three films from Syria that explore the notion of prisons The figure of the captive is a recurring theme in a large part of Syrian artistic production, in literature, in theatre, and in visual arts and cinema: The captive both … Continue reading

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Visual Arts Festival Damascus: The Nomadic Experience

1st Stop: International Film Festival Rotterdam, January 30 – February 02 2012 The Visual Arts Festival Damascus was launched in 2010 with a program of exhibitions, screenings, multi-media performances, lectures and talks. The aim of the festival was to create … Continue reading

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Filming Beirut

Lebanese video art has received much attention over the past decade. Often it has been hailed in the West as a new and surprising voice of critical investigation of the war-torn country and related social and political issues. Thereby it has … Continue reading

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