Beirut/Paris – A Wakeful Rest : Voices for Palestine (Nov 11/12)

A Wakeful Rest : Voices for Palestine
En veille, une assemblée de voix pour la Palestine

November 11

IN PERSON at Sursock Museum, Beirut, Lebanon, 7pm
IN PERSON at Luminor Hôtel de Ville, Paris, France, 6pm

Facebook event – Beirut
Facebook event – Paris

In the midst of struggles, protests, and revolutions, the voices of the oppressed, sidelined, silenced, and forgotten become more salient. In The Articulation of Protest (2002) Hito Steyerl reflects on the functions and forms of ‘articulation’ as being both about the organization of protest movement and the expression of its organization. She meditates on the ways an act of editing can erase the multiplicity of voices and contradictions, inherent to struggles. How can one turn the act of restoring images of past struggles into a critical and sensitive testimony of this erasure? How, through the use of new recording tools, can we echo the current struggles and share across contexts the connection of our outcry and hope? 

Film program

CONGRESS OF IDLING PERSONS, Bassem Saad, 2021, 36 min 

The film features five interlocutors who play themselves and greater fictions, in the shadows of recent world-historical events. Artist and writer Bassem Saad, DJ and translator Rayyan Abdel Khalek, musical artist Sandy Chamoun, writer Islam Khatib, and organiser Mekdes Yilma⁠ examine a cartography of protest, crisis, humanitarian and mutual aid, migrant labour, and Palestinian outsider status. Punctuated by the late Arab Spring, the Black Lives Matter revolts of 2020, and the Beirut port explosion, the film weaves through transhistorical constants — from rage and mourning to spontaneity and besiegement — propelled by the speech and acts of its performers. If a group action is a riot and not a revolution, then who films it? If four is a riot, it is also a congress.

THE WHITE ELEPHANT, Shuruq Harb, 2018, 12 min

Using images shared on the Internet by Israelis during the Gulf War, the First Intifada and trance music gatherings, The White Elephant de-composes the portrait of a Palestinian teenager in the 1990s, through the distorted mirror of Israeli pop culture.

O, PERSECUTED, Basma Alsharif, 2014, 11 min

In O, Persecuted, Alsharif offers an occluded view of the restoration of Kassem Hawal’s 1974 work of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine agitprop, Our Small Houses, before launching into a rapid-fire montage of decadent Israeli party photos, set to a pounding gabba soundtrack. Despairing at the contrast between the certainties of the past and those of present, Alsharif suggests an effort to shatter the former through the recapitulation of the latter.” – Colin Beckett for the Brooklyn Rail

November 12

LIVE ON ZOOM at 7:00pm (Beirut time) Register in advance

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Online Masterclass

Basma Alsharif is an artist of Palestinian origin, raised between France, the US and the Gaza Strip. She has a BFA and an MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Basma developed her practice nomadically and works between cinema and installation. Major exhibitions include: Solo shows at CCA and MOCA Toronto, Modern Mondays at MOMA, the Whitney Biennial, les Rencontres d’Arles, les Module at the Palais de Tokyo, Here and Elsewhere at the New Museum, Al Riwaq Biennial Palestine, The Berlin Documentary Forum, the Sharjah Biennial, and Manifesta 8. Basma is represented by Galerie Imane Farés in Paris, distributed by Video Data Bank and Arsenal, and is based in Berlin.

Shuruq Harb is an artist, filmmaker, teacher, writer, editor and publisher based in Ramallah. Her artistic practice focuses on online visual culture and traces subversive routes for the circulation of images and goods. Her film The White Elephant received the award for best short film at Cinema du Reel Festival in Paris, 2018, and was shortlisted for the Hamburg International Short Film Festival, 2019. Her first short story “and this is the object that I found” was published at Mezosfera (2020). Her solo exhibition Ghost at the Feast opened at Beirut Art Center in June 2021. The Jump, her most recent film is currently showing at Jameel Arts Center in Dubai.

Islam al-Khatib is a Palestinian feminist pursuing an MA in Gender, Media and Culture at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is Wiki Gender’s Community Manager.  She is currently working on a project that examines feminist memes as narrators of intimate histories amid the lockdown. She is also a Coding Resistance fellow with Futuress.

Bassem Saad is an artist and writer based between Berlin and Beirut. His work explores historical rupture, social movements, and infrastructure, through film, performance, sculpture, and writing. Bassem’s solo and collaborative work has been presented at Transmediale (Berlin), Mousonturm (Frankfurt), Architectural Association (London). His writing appears in Jadaliyya, Unbag, and The Funambulist, and he is an editorial team member at FailedArchitecture. He was a resident fellow at Eyebeam and Leslie Lohman Museum in New York and at Ashkal Alwan’s Home Workspace Program in Beirut.

Presented by The Sursock Museum in Collaboration with Festival Ciné Palestine in Paris and Toronto Palestine Film Festival