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Home Works 7

The 7th Forum on Cultural Practices takes place 11-24 Nov. 2015 in Beirut, organized by Ashkal Alwan. Curators Frie Leysen, Bassam El Baroni, Christine Tohmé.
Oct 2015

Ashkal Alwan has released the information about the curators, participants, and program of Home Works 7, a multidisciplinary forum on cultural practices which takes place every 2–3 years in Beirut.

Curated by Frie Leysen, Bassam El Baroni and Christine Tohmé, the 7th edition of the forum will include exhibitions, lectures, screenings, publications and performances.


Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Abbas Akhavan, Francis Alÿs, Marwa Arsanios, Mirene Arsanios, Hicham Awad, Ahmed Badry, Diana Baldon, Katia Barrett, Amanda Beech, Berlin, Blitztheatregroup, Nahla Chahal, Tony Chakar, Waddah Charara, chelfitsch Theatre Company, Ali Cherri, Leonardo Cremonini, Siebern de Haan, Dictaphone Group, Yasmine Dubois Ziai, Carine Doumit, Inci Eviner, Omar Fakhoury, Ghida Frangieh, Samer Frangie, Ahmad Ghossein, Ruud Gielens, Marwan Hamdan, Sam Hardy, Leen Hashem, Doha Hassan, Saba Inaab, Lamia Joreige, Suna Kafadar, Martti Kalliala, Manal Khader, Elias Khoury, ps Jinjoo Kim, Amir Reza Koohestani, Lynn Kodeih, Lina Majdalani, Federico León, Khaled Malas, Mehr Theatre Group, Iman Mersal, Naeem Mohaiemen, Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Rabih Mroué, Dara Nawfal Abdallah, Arjuna Neuman, Toshiki Okada, Bouchra Ouizguen, Roger Outa, Ana Teixeira Pinto, Yuri Pattison, Matthew Poole, Nelmarie du Preez, Khalil Rabah, Marwan Rechmaoui, Patricia Reed, Brian William Rogers, Kaelen Wilson-Goldie, Ben Russel, Stéphanie Saadé, Walid Sadek, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Khaled Saghieh, Rijin Sahakian, Mohammad Salemy, Jayce Salloum, Rasha Salti, Tamara Al Samerraei, Basma Al Sharif, Mounira Al Solh, Laila Soliman, Rania Stephan, Pelin Tan, Ali Taptik, Jana Traboulsi, Lonnie van Brumelen, Anton Vidokle, Haytham El-Wardany, Zan Yamashita & Ghassan Zard

About the curators:

Frie Leysen was the founding director of deSingel in Antwerp. In 1994, she founded the bilingual Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels which she directed for 10 years. Later in 2007, Leysen organized the multidisciplinary Meeting Points festival in nine Arab cities. In 2010, she was curator of Theater der Welt in the German Ruhr area and in 2012, held the position of artistic director of the Berliner Festspiele. In 2014-2015 she was theatre director of the Vienna Festival in Austria. In 2003, Leysen was awarded the Flemish Community Award for General Cultural Contributions and in 2007, she received an honorary doctorate from the Free University of Brussels. In 2014, she was awarded the Erasmus Prize by the Dutch king Willem-Alexander.

Bassam El Baroni is an independent curator and a professor of theory at the Dutch Art Institute, Arnhem. He has curated and co-curated projects and exhibitions in Murcia (Manifesta 8, 2010), Madrid, Oslo, Bergen, Lofoten (Lofoten International Art Festival, 2013), Limerick (Eva International – Ireland’s Biennial, 2014), Paris, and Alexandria. He was co-founder and director of the now discontinued art space Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum (2005 – 2012).

Christine Tohmé is the founding Director of Ashkal Alwan, the Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts, established in 1993. Tohmé was the recipient of a Prince Claus Award in 2006, given in recognition of her achievements in supporting local multidisciplinary art production and art criticism, as well as the 2015 CCS Bard Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence. She is on the boards of Marsa (Beirut), a sexual health center providing specialized medical services for at-risk youth and marginalized communities, and SAHA (Istanbul), an association supporting contemporary art from Turkey. The seventh edition of Home Works opens on November 12, 2015. Tohmé was recently appointed curator of the Sharjah Biennale 2017.

Home Works 7 is made possible with the generous support of Philippe Jabre Association, Sharjah Art Foundation, Robert A. Matta Foundation, Saradar Collection, FfAI, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Ford Foundation, Chammas Family, Joumana Asseily, Peter Hrechdakian and Nathalie Oghlian, SAHA, UBS, .PSLAB, Oslo, Yola Noujeim, Mitsulift, Institut Français du Liban, Fondation Aimée et Charles Kettaneh, Jessica Khoueiri Achkar, Nour Salameh, Keeward, Rula Alami.

More information, detailed program and registration:

(From press information)

Home Works 7

A Forum on Cultural Practices

11 - 24 November 2015

Ashkal Alwan

Home Workspace/ Ashkal Alwan Offices
Jisr el Wati, Street 90
Building 110, 1st Floor
Beirut 2066 8421
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Curated by:
Frie Leysen
Bassam El Baroni
Christine Tohmé

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