image © Untitled - from the series Surface Studies, Oraib Toukan
A program of different encounters that takes time to look closely at the critical language, and forms of resistance in artistic work. Over the coming months we will come together in a series of events and conversations to experience artworks, discuss and engage with different artists, to reflect on the choices they make in their work when dealing with politically charged materials and different forms of coloniality.
In our first performative encounter, the artist Mirna Bamieh will present Menu of Dis/appearance, which brings us together in a much needed setting—around the table to break bread. Mirna Bamieh, narrates stories about time, history, and the parts of ourselves that slip away with lost food traditions. In her dinner-table performance she takes us on a journey through the dishes that are slowly disappearing from the Palestinian table, as access to wild foraging is restricted by colonial appropriation of both the land and the foods of the Palestinians over time. In this work, the artist takes the audience through the violence embedded in the meticulous erasure of identity of the colonised, even in their food culture.
Meanwhile, we would like to invite you to a sneak-peak into the world of the filmmaker Maxime Jean-Baptiste. In a conversation recently published on RectoVerso between Maxime and the artist/curator of this program, Samah Hijawi, they reflect together on the critical thinkers that inspire the aesthetical choices in their work: conversations-on-aesthetics-of-the-political
Future encounters will be with Oraib Toukan, Maxime Jean-Baptiste, Miguel Peres dos Santos, Ogutu Muraya, Sandra Heremans and Sabine Groenewegen.
Presented by SoundImageCulture, curated by Samah Hijawi.
In partnership with Chair Mahmoud Darwich, BOZAR, Pianofabriek and Beursschouwburg. Supported by VGC, SCAM, SABAM for Culture, Kunstenwerkplaats, OMAM/MSH. Design by Miriam Hempel/ daretoknow.
September 26, 2020 - Pianofabriek
Menu of Dis/appearance, dinner performance by Mirna Bamieh, The Palestine Hosting Society
November 9, 2020 - Beursschouwburg
What do we mean by Aesthetics of the Political? Performative Discussion with Samah Hijawi, Sandra Muteteri Heremans, Ogutu Maraya and Mirna Bamieh
December 6, 2020 - BOZAR
Cruel Images. Talk, screenings and discussions with Oraib Toukan, Miguel Peres dos Santos, Sabine Groenewegen & Maxime Jean-Baptiste
Monday, November 9, 19 - 20:30h at BEURSSCHOUWBURG:
What do we mean by Aesthetics of the Political?
A performative discussion
In the third encounter of ‘Aesthetics of the Political’ the curator Samah Hijawi together with Sandra Muteteri Heremans, Ogutu Maraya and Mirna Bamieh invites the audience to explore how the political takes its’ form in artistic practices of performance, image and text. Throughout the evening we will map out ideas of how artists and audiences produce and experience critical political resistance in artistic work. How do we define ‘the political’? How do artists transform their critical thoughts into aesthetic form? And how does this criticality operate as political resistance?
The event is free, but you need to register here.
Samah Hijawi is an artist and researcher completing her PhD in Art Practice. In her practice, she explores the aesthetics of representation in artworks that allude to the histories of Palestine. Her works have been shown in KANAL, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Playgroundfestival, The AM Qattan Foundation; MoMA, Nadine Art Space Brussels, The Hayward Gallery in London; BOZAR and Beursschouwburg in Brussels.
Ogutu Muraya is an author, theatre-maker and storyteller. To him, art is an important catalyst for challenging one’s beliefs and for keeping alive the history that is retold in error or which remains hidden from the mainstream. His works have been shown in numerous festivals: among others, at La Mama (NYC), HIFA (Harare), Afrovibes Festival (Amsterdam) or Spielart Festival (Munich).
Sandra Muteteri Heremans is an art historian and filmmaker. In her Master theses, she focused on the power and representation of the symbol in the art theory of Aby Warburg. Heremans later discovered experimental film and made her first short The Yellow Mazda and His Holiness (2018).
Mirna Bamieh is an artist from Ramallah/ Palestine. Her project ‘Palestine Hosting Society’ is a live-art project in which she seeks to examine the culture of food in Palestine. The research unfolds as culinary interventions that construct and reconstruct the relationships of place, history, society and politics, through food.
Saturday, September 26, 18:30 - 21h at PIANOFABRIEK:
Menu of Dis/appearance: Dinner Table Performance
Mirna Bamieh, Palestine Hosting Society
Menu of Dis/appearance, brings us together in a much needed setting—around the table to break bread. Mirna Bamieh’s work narrates stories about time, history, and the parts of ourselves that slip away with lost food traditions. In her dinner-table performance she takes us on a journey through the dishes that are slowly disappearing from the Palestinian table, as access to wild foraging is restricted by colonial appropriation of both the land and the foods of the Palestinians over time. In this work, the artist takes the audience through the violence embedded in the meticulous erasure of identity of the colonised, even in their food culture.
Secure your seat for the performance > tickets (from September 14th)
We ask a contribution of 15€ / person to be paid upon reservation.
*Menu of Dis/appearance worldwide premiere in New York, commissioned by the Fisher Center for Performing Arts, for the Live Arts Bard Biennial: Where No Wall Remains(2019)
Information on the artist:
Mirna Bamieh, Palestinian Hosting Society
Palestine Hosting Society is a live-art project founded and run by artist/cook Mirna Bamieh in which she seeks to examine the culture of food in Palestine that aims to construct and reconstruct their relationships to place, history, society and politics, through food. The research unfolds through eating, reading, and conversation. The research develops into culinary interventions that unpack social concerns and limitations vis-à-vis contemporary political dilemmas, reflecting upon the conditions that characterise contemporary Palestinian communities.
Mirna Bamieh is an artist from Ramallah/ Palestine. She obtained a B.A in Psychology from Birzeit University in Ramallah (2002-06). M.F.A. in Fine Arts at Bezalel Academy for Arts and Design in Jerusalem (2011-2013). Ashkal Alwan HomeWorks study program in Beirut (2013/14). Her work attempts to understand and contemplate the ever-shifting politics, while equally questioning notions of land and geographies of in-between temporality. Her work looks at scenarios that take the language of the absurd and the ironic and uses them as tools for political commentary. Currently, she is working on developing works that use the mediums of storytelling, and food for creating situational performances such as: Potato Talks Project, Palestine Hosting Society