American University of Beirut

TWO AUB EVENTS THIS FRIDAY

In Event, Fine Arts on May 3, 2010 at 11:37 am

FAAH PRESENTS
ARTIST SCREENING:
Samar Kanafani
3PM – Nicely Hall 409

Samar Kanafani is a part-time instructor of anthropology at AUB and a researcher living in Beirut. Her short videos include ‘Street-play’ (2001), about children negotiating play-spaces in a congested Beirut neighborhood; ‘Mounzer’ (2003), on Palestinian exile, masculinity and the injured male body; and ‘A Day from Home’ (2009), on un-belonging

and allegories of pregnancy. She’s interested in national imaginaries, migration, gender, the body, and representations of quotidian living. She’s the mother of two.

‘A Day from Home’ (video, 15min, Arabic, English Subtitles): Our commitment to dwelling in our home/nation is bound to the

persistent possibility of us abandoning it. How does one construct a life here – in Lebanon – even as one recognizes that it might, at any moment, be violently interrupted? Using pregnancy as allegory, this  video approaches the uneasy relationship between an individual desiring a modicum of belongingness and an elusive nation. The impossibility of a perfect fit between the two prods a reconsideration of the passion that binds the ‘self’ to the nation as ‘home’.

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FAAH PRESENTS
ARTIST TALK:
Ashkan Sepahvand
4PM – Nicely Hall 409

Ashkan Sepahvand was born in Tehran in 1984. He lives in Berlin and works elsewhere. His activities include writing, editing and the occasional translation. Since 2006 he has been a co-organizer of the artistic network Reloading Images. The project Other than someone, there was no one is the product of a residency at Ashkal Alwan since November 2009 and will be presented at Home Works V.

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