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Sunday April 30, PWYC
@ The Underground, The Drake Hotel
1150 Queen St. West
Complimentary Lunch 1pm
Presented by Pleasure Dome and hosted by Dina Georgis (University of Toronto) and Sara Matthews (Wilfrid Laurier University) Saudade Radio will feature a new performance by the distinguished Lebanese artist Roy Dib, who will also engage in the moderated discussion to follow. The afternoon Symposium will feature Laura U. Marks (Vancouver), Nahed Mansour (Toronto), Dina Georgis, and Roy Dib who will address such issues as the shared knowledge on memory and war, the challenges of political reparation in the aftermath of the Lebanese civil war, and the importance of aesthetic intervention to questions of representation and truth.
Saudade Radio, is a story of war told through the rituals of funerals where every time a young man decides to go to war, his family and friends conduct a rehearsal for his funeral before he leaves. The work explores this concept in all aspects: social, psychological, political, anthropological, gendered and historical. The context is an unnamed city where citizens have a new orientation and a new language made from the logic of chaos and the impulse to have control over the city.
Born in 1983, Roy Dib is an artist and filmmaker that works and lives in Beirut,Lebanon. His work focuses on the subjective constructions of space. His latest short film Mondial 2010 (2014) won several awards including the Teddy Award for the Best Short Film at the 64th Berlinale, Best Short Film at Queer Lisboa International Film Festival, and the Uppsala Grand Prix at Uppsala International Short Film Festival. His video installation, A Spectacle of Privacy debuted at the Exposure 2015 show at the Beirut Art Center and then featured at the Berlinale’s 2015 Forum Expanded, Queer Porto 1 (2015), Images Festival in Toronto (2016), and won an award at the Contemporary Art Festival SESC_Videobrasil (2015). In 2016 he made his first feature film Beit El Baher (The Beach House). www.roydib.com
Nahed Mansour is an independent curator and visual artist currently based in Toronto where she works as the Artistic Director of SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre). She has curated works that center on themes of migration, language, and labour – most recently curating the video program “This is Tenderness” for VTape’s 2016 Curatorial Incubator v.13. Working across video, performance, and installation, Mansour’s works take up notions of mimicry in popular entertainment, specifically producing works that explore physicality, performance, and racial identities in the globally hybrid post-colonial present.
Laura U. Marks‘ most recent books are Hanan al-Cinema: Affections for the Moving Image (MIT Press, 2015) and Enfoldment and Infinity: An Islamic Genealogy of New Media Art (MIT, 2010). She curates programs of experimental media for festivals and art spaces worldwide. Marks teaches in the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver.
Dina Georgis is an Associate Professor at the Women & Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto. Her work is situated in the fields of postcolonial studies and queer theory. She draws on psychoanalytic concepts to think through how expressive cultures are responses to queer remains of the past. Her book, The Better Story: Queer Affects from the Middle East (SUNY, 2013) considers the emotional dynamics of political conflict, the stories and subjectivities they produce, and what it means to make an ethical relationship to conflict. She has published essays on art, memory and the Lebanese civil war and, separately, on queer Arab sexualities.
Sara Matthews is Associate Professor in the Department of Global Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. Her interdisciplinary work brings aesthetics and cultural theory to the study of violence and the dynamics of social conflict. Her critical writing has appeared in PUBLIC, FUSE Magazine and in exhibition essays for the Robert Langen Gallery, the Art Gallery of Bishops University, YYZ, Circuit Gallery and the Art Gallery of Ottawa.
Presented with the generous support of the Media Arts Section of the Canada Council for the Arts.