November 19, 2021

Debating Images of Revolution



November 19, 2021  5 p.m.

This event is a part of the exhibition Making Revolution.


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.

The roundtable will be held in English.


Nayrouz Abu Hatoum (she/her) is an assistant professor in the department of sociology and anthropology at Concordia University. She was the Ibrahim Abu-Lughod postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University for 2018/2019.

Her research explores visual politics in Palestine and focuses on alternative imaginations, people’s place-making and dwelling practices in contexts of settler colonialism.

She has published several academic articles in journals such as Geografiska Annaler B, Environment and Planning E, City & Society, Visual Anthropology Review and American Quarterly. Abu Hatoum is a co-founding member of Insaniyyat- Society of Palestinian Anthropologists, and a co-founding member of Dalaala, Arabic-English translation collective.

Sundus Abdul Hadi is an artist and writer. Born to Iraqi parents, she was raised and educated in Tiohtià:ke/Montréal, where she earned a BFA in Studio Arts and Art History and a MA in Media Studies. Sundus’ transmedia work is a sensitive reflection on trauma, struggle, and care. She is the author/illustrator of “Shams”, a children’s book about trauma, transformation and healing. Her book titled “Take Care of Your Self: The Art and Cultures of Care and Liberation” (Common Notions, Fall 2020) is about care, curation and community. She is the cofounder of We Are The Medium, an artist collective and culture point.

Muhammad Nour El-Khairy is a Palestinian filmmaker, video artist, film programmer and film editor from Jordan, currently based in Tio’tia:ke (Montréal). El-Khairy holds a MFA in Studio Arts: Film Production at Concordia University. His work has been shown in several international film festivals and art galleries including Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, Kaunas International Film Festival, and the Leonard & Bina Ellen Gallery. In his work, El-Khairy is motivated by the understanding of moving images as complex living systems, whose political scope goes beyond their representative capacity and into their financing, production and distribution.

Ariane Lorrain is an artist and filmmaker of Iranian and Canadian origins born in Montreal, who lives and creates between Tio’:tia:ke and the Middle East. Her work deals with issues of identity and cultural transmission, while her approach privileges the senses to convey reality. She obtained a BFA in Film Production from Concordia University and is currently pursuing an MA in Cultural Anthropology. Her documentary Zagros (2018) coined Best Canadian short or medium-length film at RIDM. She directed a segment of the omnibus concert-film The Seven Last Words (2019), which premiered in Rotterdam. Her short film Between a Garden and the Sea (2016) has screened in festivals, galleries, museums and universities internationally. Ariane also works as a cinematographer, co-founded a darkroom cooperative (Le Trou Noir), partakes in the Regards palestiniens collective and the Critical Media Lab.


Viviane Saglier is a UTSC postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Her academic research and curating practice explore the politics of Palestinian and Arab cinema in relation to infrastructures and histories of decolonization. Viviane is also a member of the Regards palestiniens and Regards syriens collectives, and an associate programmer for Cinema Politica.

Farah Atoui is a Ph.D. Candidate in Communication Studies at McGill University. Her research engages with artistic interventions produced under conditions of political struggle to examine how aesthetic strategies and creative processes can energize social change and emancipation. Her doctoral project focuses on the visual culture of the  migration “crisis” to  explore how artists and activists, through the medium of the moving image, produce counternarratives that disrupt dominant discourses. She is a member of the Regards palestiniens and Regards syriens screening collectives.

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A co-presentation by Vidéographe.