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Brussels
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Group Exhibition
Argos Centre for Art and Media
Werfstraat 13 rue du Chantier , B - 1000 Brussels, Belgium
October 2, 2011 - December 18, 2011


A Forum for Debate

Locus Agonistes aims to participate in the dynamic, lively, and complex debates of contemporary critical cultures in Arab societies and localities adjacent to them in Europe. The project is inspired by the momentous historical forces and the emancipatory logics that are currently reshaping debates on civic identities, political subjectivities, cultural strategies, and artistic practices in Arab societies; and is conceived as a response to the various scenarios of rupture between antagonistic political camps, and civic critical cultures.

Neither purely an artistic and performance event, nor an academic and theoretical forum, Locus Agonistes is an invitation to cultural producers and thinkers across all disciplines, including artists, filmmakers, choreographers, dancers, actors, performers, historians, critics, journalists, writers, and so to convene cultural programs and artistic projects situated at the intersection between sites of symbolic struggle for ideas, and spaces in which concepts of civic practice are elaborated.


After Beirut and Amman in spring 2011, the project will run in Cairo/ Tunis (November 2011), and Berlin and Athens (January/ March 2012) with a program of performances, monologues, and contemporary dance solos.

In Brussels, Locus Agonistes will take place both in KVS (performance and debates) and Argos (exhibition and performances). Participating artists include Jumana Abboud, Adel Abdessemed, Saâdane Afif, Doa Aly, Allora & Cadzilla, Tarek Atoue, Sammy Baloji, Tony Chakar, Fakhri El Ghezal, Mounir Fatmi, Mona Hatoum, Lamia Joreige, Bouchra Khalili, Sandra Madi, Basim Magdy, Rima Maroun, Selma & Sofiane Ouissi, Tino Sehgal and Jalal Toufic.

Locus Agonistes – Practices and Logics of the Civic is a multidisciplinary event initiated by Meeting Points 6 and The Young Arab Theatre Fund (Brussels). Locus Agonistes – Practices and Logics of the Civic is organized in coproduction with Argos Centre for Art and Media (Brussels), Beirut Art Center (Beirut), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), Royal Flemish Theatre (Brussels), La Société l’Art Rue (Tunis), Makan Art Space (Amman), Onassis Cultural Center (Athens), Opera House (Damascus) and The Townhouse Gallery (Cairo). 


By initiating a series of discursive and perceptual systems in which fresh hypotheses of the civic can be articulated, presented, and debated, Locus Agonistes aims to participate in the dynamic, lively, and complex debates of contemporary critical cultures in Arab societies and localities adjacent to them in Europe. The project is inspired by the momentous historical forces and the emancipatory logics that are currently reshaping debates on civic identities, political subjectivities, cultural strategies, and artistic practices in Arab societies; and conceived as a response to the various scenarios of rupture between antagonistic political camps, and civic critical cultures. Participating artists include Jumana Abboud, Adel Abdessemed, Saâdane Afif, Doa Aly, Allora & Cadzilla, Sammy Biloji, Tony Chakar, Fakhri El Ghezal, Mounir Fatmi, Mona Hatoum, Lamia Joreige, Bouchra Khalili, Sandra Madi, Basim Magdy, Rima Maroun, Selma & Sofiane Ouissi, Jalal Toufic and Akram Zaatari. Meeting Points 6; Locus Agonistes – Practices and Logics of the Civic is a multidisciplinary event organized in collaboration with Young Arab Theatre Fund and KVS.

(Images: Basam Magdy, My Father Looks for an Honest City, 2010, Super8 film transferred to HD video (5'28"); Courtesy Newman Popiashvili Gallery.)



Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 10/2/11 | tags: digital video-art

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