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Our Hirāk: The Tishreen Revolution

  • Rabih Mroué
Tuesday 28 November 2023
Pieterskerkhof 6
2311 SR Leiden
Credits: Photo by Patrick Abi Salloum

A presentation by visual artist Rabih Mroué

Duration: around 90 min. (live introduction + 50-min. video)

Until the 1990s, words such as “uprisings”, “popular protests”, “revolution”, “intifada”, “demonstrations”, “revolutionary movements”, and “movement of demands” were used widely in our daily life and in different and varied fields, political, social or cultural. However, with time, the use of these designations receded in favor of the word “hirāk”, which had previously been almost absent from our daily vocabulary. Why, and what does this term mean? In Our Hirāk: The Tishreen Revolution, Rabih Mroué explores the meanings of new term “hirāk”, taking the events in Lebanon in 2019 as a vivid example for his analysis and arguments.

About Rabih Mroué

Rabih Mroué, born in Beirut in 1967 and currently living in Berlin, is an actor, director, playwright, visual artist and a contributing editor for The Drama Review (TDR). He is a co-founder of the Beirut Art Center (BAC) in Beirut. He was a fellow at The International Research Center: Interweaving Performance Cultures/FU/Berlin from 2013-2014 and a theatre-director at Münchner Kammerspiele from 2015 -2019.

With his complex and diverse practice, spanning different disciplines and formats in between theater, performance, and visual arts, Mroué explores the responsibilities of the artist in communicating with an audience in given political and cultural contexts. His works deal with issues that have been swept under the rug in the current political climate of Lebanon and the region.

His works include: Hartakāt (2023), Sunny Sunday (2020), Borborygmus (2019), So Little Time (2016), Ode to Joy (2015), Riding on a Cloud (2013), 33 RPM and a Few Seconds (2012), The Inhabitants of Images (2008), Who’s Afraid of Representation (2005), Looking for a Missing Employee (2003) and others.

Lecture In the Making #1: Rabih Mroué, Sand in the Eyes

On Sunday 26 November, Rabih Mroué will give a lecture at West (former American Embassy) in the Hague, read more about it here.

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