Moheb Soliman © YUL

Habib Albi is…Not a Man (2009)

Moheb Soliman

September 16 and 17, 2011


September 16 and 17, 2011

‘‘ (…) flesh-and-blood sky
hemorraghing sodom-and-gomorrah sky
sky pregnant with virgins
arms in arm, waiting, mouths open
pirating the airways
finally unmuslined…’’
Moheb Soliman
Extrait de / Excerpt of Pirating the Airways (publié dans /published in Mizna vol. 8, #1)

Part minimalist theatre, part installation, part public address, Habib Albi is …Not a Man is a one-man-show consisting of poems staged around an overhead projector. Cast against the backdrop of 9/11, Moheb Soliman presents a provocative and salutary work in reaction to conservative social pressures. Sometimes in an imagined landscape, sometimes in the Ohio of his youth, the performer of Egyptian origin debunks the rigid stigmatisms associated with being an “Arab” man living in North America. Love letters and manifestos entwine to form one socio-political corpus. In Habib Albi is…Not a Man, 13 poems coupled with projected images weave a non-linear autobiographical account watermarked by new wave romantic Arabic poetry and sexuality. The video installation BFE USA prefaces Soliman’s performance and transports us to a Midwestern American backwater, a deceptively tranquil landscape suddenly unsettled by the seditious declarations of Osama Bin Laden.

Habib Albi is…Not a Man has been widely presented, most notably at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, the Bowery Poetry Club, and the Brecht Forum (New York), as well as at A Space Gallery (Toronto). The work of Soliman, a writer and militant artist, has appeared in the Three Plum Review and Mizna, and has been published by the Buffalo Runs Press.

Text and Performance / Moheb Soliman
Assistant Directors / Mireille Tawfik, Victoria Stanton
Video / Moheb and Amira Soliman
Lighting Design / Richard Houle

Moheb Soliman

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