Arabische Territorien

7. November - 31. Dezember 2015. Palais de la Culture El- Khalifa, Constantine, Algerien. Im Rahmen von Constantine - Arabische Kulturhauptstadt 2015. Kuratorin: Nadira Laggoune
Dez 2015

Although the Arab world shares a common linguistic and cultural-historical heritage, it is still characterized by its diversity. Cultural territories other than the Arabic peninsula or North Africa are Arab but ‘other’ because they incorporate different elements that shape a complex identity. Therefore, to belong to this identity is not homogeneous but multiple.

Likewise, the word ‘Arab’ cannot be understood in relation to notions of territory and borders. Living in an Arab country cannot either be a guarantee of that belonging. Nowadays the clear nomadism of identities (migration, displacement, population movements, diasporas ...) hybridizes, multiples and organizes itself in territories.

Rather than speaking of territories in geographic terms, we could speak about ‘territories of identities’. They would be related not only to symbolic places like Mecca, Palestine, or historic sites such as cities of belonging such as Cairo, Damascus, Jerusalem, but also specific territories in Europe or elsewhere like Marseille, London and neighborhoods in other metropolis of the world. These territories of identities contribute to the ongoing construction of an identity in transformation.

More than ever and considering recent history, borders across the Arab world are relevant. Events in recent years have shown how the issue of the land became a repository of identity and a symbol of the exercise of the right to public space. Thus its occupation, appropriation or re-appropriation is critical when public space encapsulates the human relationship to the living space. In return, territories are dependent on the political and social context: they are at the mercy of movements, shifts, fragmentation and dispersion of spaces as well as the individuals; they change and transform themselves, imposing the effects of new contexts and dynamics.

The exhibition Arab Territories focuses on the gaze and approaches of artists discussing territories in the Arab world. Artists shed light on geographical and linguistic aspects, on different paths, perspectives and personal stories. Artists continue today to inhabit the Arab world, linking Art, History and Geography. Through imagining paths, affiliations and life experiences, they map moving borders, and address in multiple ways the questions of representation of human spaces within their artistic practice.

Kuratorin:
Nadira Laggoune-Aklouche
Beteiligte Künstler/innen:
Sama AlShaibi, Samuel Charbel Aoun, Hayv Kahraman, Lola Khalfa, Yara Mekawei, Lydia Ourahmane, Louisa Babari, FarahKhelil, Sirine Fattouh, Bashir Makhoul, Khaled Jarrar, Walid Siti, Ali Assaf, Mohssin Harraki, Youssef Ouchra, Rabee Kiwan, Mourad Salem, Samuel Charbel Aoun, Abdelkader Benchamma, Slimane Rais, Adel Bentounsi, Kamel Yahiaoui, Besma Djmila Khafa
Über Constantine Arabische Kulturhauptstadt

Jedes Jahr wird eine Stadt der arabischen Welt von der ALECSO (Organisation für Bildung, Kultur und Wissenschaft der Arabischen Liga) zur Arabischen Kulturhauptstadt ernannt. Das einjährige Festival soll Begegnungen ermöglichen sowie den Länder übergreifenden Austausch zwischen Kunstschaffenden und den Menschen in der arabischen Region stimulieren und fördern, die eine gemeinsame Kultur und ein kulturelles Erbe teilen.

Neben der Hervorhebung eines Landes oder einer Stadt und deren kulturellem, künstlerischen und historischem Reichtum geht es bei dem Festival um die Vielfalt der Menschen, die in dieser Region leben.

In Constantine finden aus diesem Anlass Kulturwochen zu jedem arabischen Land, Ausstellungen moderner und zeitgenössischer Kunst, Design und Kunsthandwerk, Konzerte, Ballettaufführungen etc. statt.

 

© Text: Nadira Laggoune-Aklouche
(Deutsche Übersetzung: Haupt & Binder)

Arabische Territorien

Palais de la Culture El- Khalifa
Constantine, Algerien

7. November - 31. December 2015

Die Ausstellung ist Teil von
Constantine - Arabische Kulturhauptstadt 2015

Kuratorin: Nadira Laggoune

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