Making Revolution: Collective Histories, Desired Futures

November 11 to December 11, 2021

Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Marwa Arsanios, Ali Cherri, Muhammad Shawky Hassan, Ali Kays, Mosireen, Raed Rafei & Rania Rafei, Jayce Salloum, Sanaz Sohrabi

Have You Ever Killed a Bear? Or Becoming Jamila (2014), Marwa Arsanios / photo Mor Charpentier

MONTREAL

EXHIBITION

 

Vernissage

November 11, from 5pm to 7pm

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Making Revolution explores the forms of struggle and revolution in the Middle East and North Africa through video art and installation. This exhibition curated by Farah Atoui and Viviane Saglier revisits histories of uprisings through the production and circulation of images. While the 2011 upheavals are often considered a turning point in the region’s political history, the six video works and three installations featured in Making Revolution engage with non-linear and/or affective temporalities, earlier revolutions, and their political and poetic legacies. They foreground the corporeality of uprisings, thereby drawing attention to the embodiment of revolution through the medium of the moving image.

This incisive and hopeful investigation seeks to convoke experiential imaginaries and understandings for the struggles and movements to come.


Selected works include:  « At those terrifying frontiers where the existence and disappearance of people fade into each other », Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou-Rahme, « Have You Ever Killed a Bear? Or Becoming Jamila », Marwa Arsanios, « Pipe Dreams »,  Ali Cherri, « And on a Different Note », Muhammad Shawky Hassan, « Nothing Matters », Ali Kays, « Prayer of Fear », Mosireen, « Prologue », Raed Rafei & Rania Rafei, « Untitled: everything and nothing », Jayce Salloum, « Notes on Seeing Double », Sanaz Sohrabi 

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Film Screening

November 13 at 7:30 pm

  • The Dream/Al-manam
    Documentary, Mohamad Malas, Syria 1987, 45 min, Arabic with English Subtitles.
  • On Akka’s Shore
    Umama Hamido, 2019, 60min, Arabic with English Subtitles.

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Guided visits

 

  • Visite guidée en français, avec Lynn Kodeih: Nov. 16, 4pm
  • Guided tour in English, with Farah Atoui and Viviane Saglier: Nov. 19, 3pm (SOLD OUT)
  • Guided tour in English, with Farah Atoui and Viviane Saglier: Nov. 25, 1:30pm (SOLD OUT)
  • Guided tour in Arabic, with Razan AlSalah: Dec. 3, 4pm

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Roundtable – Debating Images of Revolution 

November 19th at 5pm

Drawing from the works presented in MAKING REVOLUTION and the guest speakers’ own research, writing, and artistic practices, this roundtable invites audience members to partake in a debate on the various modes of engaging revolutions through images.

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A co-presentation by Vidéographe.

Tuesday to Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

FREE ADMISSION