Beirut Art Fair: Video Projects – Body Politics

18-21 September 2014, Beirut International Exhibition and Leisure Center (BIEL), Beirut

exhibition body politics

Silke Schmickl curated this year's Video Projects at Beirut Art Fair 2014. Body Politics is a programme consisting of 16 art films from the Middle East, North Africa, South and South East Asia that explores how contemporary artists comment on current political and social issues by means of their own bodies or those of others. Ranging from video art to experimental cinema, documentaries and performative experiences the selection highlights how the individual can react to the bigger and rigid body of our globalized societies by exploding conventional production modes and viewing patterns. Through personal, ironic and poetic approaches the artists invent a new visual language and take us on a colourful cinematic journey that reintroduces a notion of humanity.


Curator: Silke Schmickl
Artists: Sookoon Ang, Sarnath Banerjee, Taysir Batniji, Zoulikha Bouabdellah, Halida Boughriet, Khaled Hafez, Barbara Hlali, Katia Kameli, Lucky Kuswandi, Waheeda Mallulah, Ferhat Özgür, Monira Al Qadiri, Larissa Sansour, Shirin Abu Shaqra, Suleiman Brothers, Tan Chui Mui


List of works:

Black Cherry, Lucky Kuswandi, Indonesia, 2005, 5 min
Nouba, Katia Kameli, Algeria-France, 2000, 5 min
A young girl is growing up, Ferhat Özgür, Turkey, 2009, 5 min 27
Dansons, Zoulikha Bouabdellah, France-Algeria, 2003, 5 min 
Sophistication, Sarnath Banerjee, India, 2009-2010, 5 min 
A Space Exodus, Larissa Sansour, Palestine-Denmark, 2009, 5 min 24 
Transit, Taysir Batniji, Palestine-France, 2004, 6 min 32
One Future, Tan Chui Mui, Malaysia, 2009, 4 min 32 
Les illuminés, Halida Boughriet, France-Algeria, 2007, 1 min 27
Exorcize Me, Sookoon Ang, Singapore, 2013, 3 min 13 
Revolution contra Revolution, Barbara Hlali, Germany, 2009, 3 min 56
Rojak!, Suleiman Brothers, Malaysia, 2009, 4 min 42 
Oh torment (Wa waila), Monira Al Qadiri, Kuweit, 2008, 10 min
Coloured Photographs, Waheeda Mallulah, Bahrain, 2008, 1 min 40 
The A77A Project (On Superheroes and Presidents), Khaled Hafez, Egypt, 2009, 4 min
Sulayma, Shirin Abu Shaqra, France-Lebanon, 2014, 7 min 

Lowave Exhibitions

Lowave has curated and produced exhibitions since 2008. Often inspired by our research projects and publications, these projects have been realised in close collaboration with international exhibition spaces. Some, such as Resistance[s] at the 3rd Triennial of Guangzhou, responded to invitations from major art events, others, more intimate, paid tribute to Lowave's unique art identity.  

Exhibition overview