THE EXHIBITION: MEMORY & OBLIVION
Curators: Barbara Polla & Paul Ardenne
OPENING November 18, 7pm
With Leila Alaoui, Janet Biggs, Shaun Gladwell, mounir fatmi, Laurent Fiévet, Maha Kays, Ali Kazma & Frank Smith
THE SCREENING: MEMORY GAMES
Presentation by art historian Paul Ardenne, in collaboration with Barbara Polla
November 19, 8pm
With videos from Janet Biggs, François-Xavier Courrèges, Fouad ElKoury, Laurent Fiévet, CT Jasper, Mary Jirmanus Saba, Maha Kays, Ali Kazma, Elena Kovylina, Gianluigi Maria Masucci, Jocelyne Saab, Frank Smith
Memory is an essential dimension of our relation to time: as an individual act that on some occasions expresses a collective reality, the memory that serves as an artistic vehicle is, for that very reason, complex, fluctuating and heterogeneous. The persistence of time that it proves posits the principle of protean recollection. Memory does not exist, but memories do. Memories are cerebral and corporeal, but also cellular, immunological, electronic and physical. They are social and collective. Hence their extraordinary complexity.
Video proceeds as memory does: the video image acquires the status of a memory the moment it ceases to appear before us; the recording of what is seen and the “stocking” of the image are almost simultaneous. We can then call on the images thus stored or preserved, the way memory summons a specific recollection when we need it (the phenomenon of “destocking”). Video, a mirror of memory. A creative mirror, often reflecting memories that are not to be found elsewhere than in art, when the society elects oblivion as an active levier for action.
As stated by Nabil Canaan, who hosts VIDEO FOREVER @ Station Beirut: “The vacuum left by collective oblivion in Lebanon was invested by the creative community”. In this VIDEO FOREVER session, international artists working on memory are presented in echo with artists directly linked to Lebanon. Memory Games on video, a play between amnesia and amnesty, between Lebanon and the world.
STATION is a hybrid cultural space directed by Nabil Canaan and dedicated to presenting contemporary and progressive content and seeks to contribute to the regional creative scene by offering a platform for artists and curators in the visual, performing and digital arts. STATION aims to facilitate a collaborative approach to the creation, experimentation and presentation of cultural programs.
The exhibition MEMORY & OBLIVION and the screening of MEMORY GAMES are made possible thanks to the support of the Swiss Embassy in Lebanon. To know more click here.