Performance & Talk
redeem رديم is a platform for ongoing conversations between voices from Beirut in Berlin and peers around the world. It acts upon a collaborative desire to amplify and deepen an already existing exchange between cultural workers who lived and worked in Lebanon before the country spiraled into its current economic and political void. Many of these conversations have already come a long way. redeem رديم aims to build a support structure through which they can be widely heard and inspired by each other. It supplies both runway and refuge for artistic positions via workshops, exhibitions, and events. Following a week-long workshop at Künstlerhof Frohnau, redeem رديم created an event at the iconic Haus der Statistik in Berlin (2021) with a line-up of talks, films, music and live performances.
The groupshow at Memphis brings together artistic positions from the past two years.Some works are shown here for the very first time. Three of the contributions were created on the occasion of the series of events in 2021. For her installation at Haus der Statistik, Setareh Shahbazi revisited her image collection We Passed by and You Were Not There (2011/2021) after ten years and is now showing a new version of it in Linz. Franziska Pierwoss’ sobering video work Mad3oum – Value in a State of Economic Crisis (2021) about value systems and food culture in the midst of economic decay in Lebanon has lost none of its relevance since then. Making an architectural connection between Beirut and Berlin, Lore D Selys’ Notes between Two Buildings/Sets/States(2021) are inspired by her research as part of the collective project Jamaal Al Malaak. In addition, we are pleased to present a number of previously unreleased works, including the sonic testimony Down by the Pit of the Throat (2022) by Yalda Younes and the four-track vinyl EP Mutaradim (2022) by Siska-K6 and Felix Claßen .
The show will conclude with a two-day program on 21st and 22nd of April with a performance by Zeina Hanna, a talk by Jamaal Al Malaak and a film program followed by a Q&A with the organisers Jens Maier-Rothe and Siska.
19:30 Zeina Hanna, performance
20:30 Jamaal Al Malaak, talk
Kunstraum Memphis, Untere Donaulände 12, 4020 Linz
Sometimes they looked like people, sometimes like buildings, Zeina Hanna, 45’, 2022
This work is an ode to forgetting, to childhood obsessions and to grieving a place repeatedly. In the format of a lecture performance.
Jamaal Al Malaak, presentation by itself and others, 25’, 2023
Built in the late 60's. 5 floors. 15 apartments. A couple of movie sets. Foreign investment sand interior designs. Refugees, followed by artists and tourists meet on the roof and in the corridors. Vegetal, animal, commercial and human neighbors kill and protect each other. A local and virtual playground for a multi-media encounter in between temporalities and concrete corners. Q&A with Siska.
17:00– 19:00A New World
film program and Q&A (free admission)
Moviemento, OK Platz 1, 4020 Linz
To Remain in the No Longer / كیف لا نغرق في السراب, Joyce Joumaa, 37´25, 2022
Joyce Joumaa studies the socio-economic crisis currently raging in Lebanon by examining the precarious future of the site of Oscar Niemeyer’s International Fairground inTripoli, from its imposed abandonment to its attempted reappropriations. It is the story of a promised metropolis that never came to be: a tale of its collapses, both literal and societal.
The Mad Man’s Laughter / المجنون الضاحك, Alaa Mansour, 42´17, 2021
The video engages with the simulacrum of the so-called global war on terror, and the worlds of ubiquitous surveillance and simulations it has since spawned. By exploring the fictitious entities that are at play in the military-entertainment complex, the video embarks on a journey across artefacts and precepts shaped by modalities of power and control.
Falling Is Not Collapsing, Falling Is Extending, Marwa Arsanios, 20´08, 2016
Marwa Arsanios’ video is an investigation into the changing landscape of Beirut.Since the 1990s, in the years following the end of the Lebanese Civil War,Beirut has been rapidly reshaped by property developers. Using strategically placed rubbish dumps, the surrounding land is devalued and left open for redevelopment. A portrait of a contested urban environment that connects the crisis with the city’s property boom.