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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.
Roy Dib is an upcoming artist rapidly joining the ranks of the highly internationally esteemed group of Lebanese war-generation artists (most notably, Walid Raad and Akram Zaatari) who have been challenging Lebanon’s “war amnesia” and a culture of political apathy. Their body of works has collectively has been a project of radical knowledge-making with reparative potential. Insisting that the traumatic past can never be fully known because memory is subjective, fragmented, ghostly, and obfuscated, their work calls on a practice of memory work based on the contingency of experience. By and large these artists have characterized themselves as unofficial historians, archivists, anthropologists and archeologists responding to, on the one hand, reductive representation from the western mainstream and on the other, a culture of forgetting inside Lebanon.
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.