Events

November 2, 2018 at 12:30 pm

Performances, Installations, and Talks by Tania El Khoury & Dictaphone Group, through Dec. 16

The Middle East & North Africa Studies Certificate co-presents two video installations by the acclaimed Lebanon-based Dictaphone Group as well as a live art installation by artist Tania El Khoury, all of which she will be present for.

Tania El Khoury portrait

Tania El Khoury. Photo by Casper Koster

Artist’s Talk: Tania El Khoury

Thursday, Nov. 8 | 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (Reception to Follow)

Ridges Auditorium, 100 Ridges Circle, Athens

Description: Artist Tania El Khoury will reflect on the practice of Dictaphone Group, a research and performance collaboration between herself and urbanist Abir Saksouk. Two of Dictaphone Group’s works are on display at the Kennedy Museum of Art between Sept. 21 and Dec. 16, 2018. El Khoury is a live artist whose work focuses on audience interactivity and is concerned with the ethical and political potential of such encounters. She creates installations and performances in which the audience is an active collaborator. El Khoury’s work has been shown in five continents in spaces ranging from museums to cable cars. She is the recipient of ANTI Festival International Live Art Prize 2017, the Total Theatre Innovation Award, and the Arches Brick Award 2011. El Khoury earned a Ph.D. from Royal Holloway, University of London. She is associated with Forest Fringe collective of artists in the UK and is a co-founder of Dictaphone Group in Lebanon, a research and performance collective aiming at questioning our relationship to the city, and redefining its public space. This event is sponsored by the Kennedy Museum of Art in collaboration with the Middle East and North Africa Studies program.

As Far As My Fingertips Take Me by Tania El Khoury

Performance: As Far As My Fingertips Take Me

Nov. 9 to Dec. 1 | Reservation Needed (Reservation Required: goo.gl/PTZ5Gd)
Trisolini Gallery, Baker Center

Description: As Far As My Fingertips Take Me is a 15-minute one-on-one encounter through a gallery wall between an audience member and a refugee. Their arms touch without seeing each other. The refugee will mark the audience members by drawing on their arms. The audience will listen to those who have recently challenged border discrimination. The marking can be kept or washed away. These showings of As Far As My Fingers Take Me are sponsored by the Trisolini Gallery in partnership with the Middle East and North Africa Studies program.

Tania El Khoury portrait

Tania El Khoury. Photo by Casper Koster

Openning Reception: Tania El Khoury

Friday, Nov. 9 | 6 to 8 p.m.
Trisolini Gallery, Baker Center

Description: Artist Tania El Khoury will reflect on her solo artistic practice, which has centered on exploring the political potential of live art through dynamics of interactivity, oral history, and mourning. El Khoury’s As Far As My Finger Tips Take Me will be on display at the Trispolini Gallery Nov. 9 through Dec. 1., 2018. El Khoury is a live artist whose work focuses on audience interactivity and is concerned with the ethical and political potential of such encounters. She creates installations and performances in which the audience is an active collaborator. El Khoury’s work has been shown in five continents in spaces ranging from museums to cable cars. She is the recipient of ANTI Festival International Live Art Prize 2017, the Total Theatre Innovation Award, and the Arches Brick Award 2011. El Khoury earned a Ph.D. from Royal Holloway, University of London. She is associated with Forest Fringe collective of artists in the UK and is a co-founder of Dictaphone Group in Lebanon, a research and performance collective aiming at questioning our relationship to the city, and redefining its public space. This event is sponsored by the Kennedy Museum of Art in collaboration with the Middle East and North Africa Studies program. This event is sponsored by the Trisolini Gallery in partnership with the Middle East and North Africa Studies program.

Image from Nothing to Declare by Dictaphone Group

Installation: Nothing to Declare
by Dictaphone Group

Sept. 21 through Dec. 16
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.
Kennedy Museum of Art, 100 Ridges Circle, Athens

Description: Nothing to Declare is a researched-based interactive installation by Dictaphone Group whereby the audience is invited to explore the borders within Lebanon, those between Lebanon and its neighbors, and across the Arab world. This exhibition is sponsored by the Kennedy Museum of Art in collaboration with the Middle East and North Africa Studies program.

Image from Stories of Refuge by Dictaphone Group

Installation: Stories of Refuge
by Dictaphone Group

Sept. 21 through Dec. 16
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.
Kennedy Museum of Art, 100 Ridges Circle, Athens

Description: Stories of Refugee is an interactive installation by Dictaphone Group following the story of three Syrian refugees who fled the war in Syria to seek asylum in Munich Germany. One was injured during a demonstration in Syria and fled the country on a boat that sunk at sea, killing half of its passengers. Another walked from Syria to Turkey with children in hand, while their young relative was battling cancer with no access to clean water. The third was smuggled in a truck filled with chewing gum. All of them paid enormous sums of money to smugglers who cared nothing for their lives. This exhibition is sponsored by the Kennedy Museum of Art in collaboration with the Middle East and North Africa Studies program.

 

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