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Natalie White for Equal Rights

  March to Washington D.C. July 8 – July 23, 2016 #MarchforERA Dear Friends, From July 8-23, 2016, Natalie White For Equal Rights will be leading a march from New York City to Washington, D.C. in protest of the lack… Continue reading

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In-Between program: Let the Bidding Begin & Sonic Sea

WhiteBox presents In-between program series Let the Bidding Begin & Sonic Sea   Tuesday, May 31 | 6 – 9pm Let the Bidding Begin   Giovanna Olmos | Johan Wahlstrom | Li Guangming Three act performance inspired from the current art… Continue reading

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#MakeAmericaGreatAgain

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#makeamericagreatagain
February 1st – 21st 2016
Live from South Carolina
February 20th, 2016 8-10PM

 

Press
WhiteHot Magazine, #makeamericagreatagain curated by Raul Zamudio and Juan Puntes, by Gregory De La Haba
Washington Square News, Political Art Gallery Uses Satire to #makeamericagreatagain , by Hannah Starke

 
Mac Premo + Duke Riley | Louise Fishman | Regina Jose Galindo
Kyle Goen | Federico Solmi | Ivan Navarro | Cris Gianakos | James Hyde
Jaishri Abichandani | Conrad Atkinson | Isaac Aden
ANVIL Collective | Luis Alonzo Barkigia | Majeed Benteeha
Terry Berkowitz | Hans Breder | The Blue Noses | Alberto Borea
Robert Boyd | Juanli Carrion | Paolo Cirio | Tony Conway | Joseph DeLappe
Dread Scott | Eduardo Gil | Mathew Grenier | Glenn Goldberg
Pablo Helguera | Richard Humann | Samuel Jablon
Juan Lazaro + Jevijoe Vitug | Alexander Kosolapov | Teresa Margolles
Ferran Martin | Susana Pilar Delahante Matienzo | Mary Mattingly
Yusef Merhi | Igor Molochevski | Robert Priseman | Fariden Sakhaeifar | PS3*
Joaquin Segura | Vitaly Komar | Edgar Serrano | Elliott Sharp
Wolodymyr Starosolsky | Quintin Rivera Toro | Terreform ONE | Wojtek Ulrich
Ruben Verdu | Roberto Visani | Johan Wahlstrom | Jordan Weber | Roger Welch
Hans Winkler | Irena Lagator Pejovic | Antonio De La Rosa |Micha Das Bach
Luis Alonzo Barkigia | Aliana & Jeff Bliumis | Carla Gannis | Jamie Martinez
Jean Pierre Muller | Ben Sakoguchi | Khaled Jarrar | Lee Wells | Marshall and Ligorano Reese and more

#makeamericagreatagain is a group exhibition of diverse media that will run during February and coincide with the initial Democratic and Republican primaries.  The exhibition’s title is culled verbatim from Donald Trump’s campaign slogan. Appropriation does not stop there, however, for #makeamericagreatagain thematically rubs up against the demagoguery prevalent in the current American social and political landscape and rhetoric espoused by primary candidates to engender fear in the American public.

The appropriated hashtag also serves as curatorial device to further expand the exhibition into social media. The exhibition-viewing public and those not physically present to see the show, will be asked to upload images or texts with the hashtag of #makamericagreatgain onto Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. These contributions will become part of the exhibition and will be interventions into existing social media sites with the same hashtag.

Curated by Raul Zamudio and Juan Puntes / Co-curated by Blanca de la Torre

More information forth coming

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WINTER BENEFIT – HONORING PUSSY RIOT

    Winter Benefit   Honoring Pussy Riot   With the WhiteBox / Martin C. Liu Arts & Humanity Award   Punk Prayer by Pussy Riot   Wednesday December 16, 2015   @ 8pm   Cocktail reception, dinner & art raffle… Continue reading

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Satellite Art Fair – Miami FL – WhiteBox and Dukley European Art Community

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WhiteBox presents in collaboration with Dukley European Art Community

 

 
Recycling Religion
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Satellite Art Fair
Miami  – Dec. 1st-6th
The Deauville Parking Garage
6625 Indian Creek Drive | Miami Beach, FL

 

 

PREVIEW AND OPENING
Tuesday, December 1 | 4:00pm to 10:00pm

 

GENERAL HOURS
Wednesday, December 2 | 12:00pm to 9:00pm
Thursday, December 3 | 12:00pm to 10:00pm
Friday, December 4 | 12:00pm to 10:00pm
Saturday, December 5 | 12:00pm to 10:00pm
Sunday, December 6 | 12:00pm to 6:00pm

 

Recycling Religion Artists

 

Vladimir Kozin, Pavel Brat, Pussy Riot, Oleg Kulik, Dmitri Gutov, Iija Soskic,
Jelena Tomasevic, Recycle Group, Alexander Kosolapov, Duke Riley + Mac Premo, Federico Solmi, Robert Priseman, ANVIL Collective, Electroboutique, Arsen Savadov

 

Curated by Marat Guelman and Juan Puntes

 

 

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Complimentary Art Fair Shuttle Service

 

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Press contact : press@whiteboxny.org

 

Recycling Religion  is supported in part by Dukely European Art Community and WhiteBox board members
The programs of WhiteBox are made possible in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council for the Arts
Special thanks to Postmasters Gallery, Richard Taittinger Gallery, and Magnan Metz Gallery
Special thanks to media sponsor artnet

 

                   

 

Intimate Transgressions

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WhiteBox and CAPA (Center for Asia Pacific Affairs) present

Intimate Transgressions

On view September 3rd through October 4th 2015
Preview – meet the artists | September 3rd | 6-8pm
Opening Reception – meet the curators + performances | September 9th | 6-8pm

Panel Discussion – The Act of Doing, hosted by Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art – Brooklyn Museum Thursday, October 1st | 7-9pm

Introduction by Marjorie Martay founder of Art W and council member of the Elizabeth A . Sackler Center for Feminist Art. Co-moderated by Fion Gunn and Anita Glesta.
Panelists: Eleanor Heartney / Luisa Valenzuela / Shirin Neshat

Andi Arnovitz | A.N.V.I.L. Art Collective | Niamh Cunningham | Regina José Galindo | Anita Glesta | Fion Gunn | Jusuf Hadžifejzović | Nermine Hammam | Šejla Kamerić | Teresa Margolles Elahe MassumiSusana Pilar Delahante Matienzo | Chen Mei-Tsen | Chen Qingqing | Atsuko Nakamura | Gail Ritchie | Yoshiko Shimada | Xin Song | Michael Lisle-Taylor Jelena TomasevicMa Yanling | Gao Yuan

Press

Sinovision English Channel, Intimate Transgressions: Investigating Sexual Violence as a Weapon of War

Women’s Voices for Change, Art and Awareness: the Making of ‘Intimate Transgressions’ – Part 1, by Suzanne Russell

Women’s Voices for Change, Art and Awareness: the Making of ‘Intimate Transgressions’ – Part 2, by Suzanne Russell

Release – August 28th 2015
New York City – Intimate Transgressions is a multimedia exhibition of twenty-two artists from around the world responding to the challenging theme of sexual violence as a tactic of terror. The exhibition is presented by WhiteBox and CAPA. The artworks on display react to the transnational issue of violence against women during times of conflict from both a historical and contemporary perspective. As a starting point for Intimate Transgressions, the disturbing situation of the ‘Comfort Women’ during and after WWII is also the project’s central highlight. This open-ended investigation includes performance, installations, and a series of concurrent talks and workshops. The premiere at WhiteBox opens the Intimate Transgressions word tour followed by Beijing on October 25 th , 2015.

The exhibition was conceived by international artist curator Fion Gunn in association with Juan Puntes, WhiteBox Artistic Director. Commenting on the need for such an exhibition, Fion Gunn said:

The opening of Intimate Transgressions on September 3rd, 2015 marks the seventieth anniversary of Japan signing the armistice with the allied forces during World War II. Researching this historic period and uncovering the disturbing plight of the so called ‘Comfort Women’ made me realize that sexual violence against women during periods of war continues to this day and it is an outrage which is not being eradicated. With Intimate Transgressions, the issue has been raised and dialogue initiated as part of a movement to protect women from such crimes”

The artists involved in the exhibition come from as far afield as China, Egypt, Cuba, Mexico, Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States. The work is diverse and covers a range of media and styles from drawing and print to installation and video. The cohesion of the exhibition is its desire to initiate a dialogue about conflict and violence against women from a global and shared oppositional stance

Curated by Fion Gunn and Juan Puntes

Contact : press@whiteboxny.org

Educational Film Links on Comfort Women:

Arirang Special “Comfort Women” One Last Cry by Taeyeol Park

‘Comfort Women’  by KRON TV reportage

‘An Uncomfortable Truth’  an fiction film by Jan Ruff O’Herne

Comfort Woman-Wian Bu by James Bang

About “Comfort Women”:

These women principally from Korea, China, the Philippines, Taiwan and other countries occupied by the Japanese, were abducted, forced into sexual slavery and treated with such extreme brutality, that most did not survive the war. Following the end of hostilities their plight was side-lined, no one was held accountable for their sufferings and their story was wiped from Japanese history books by those in power. While the exhibition investigates individual and collective accountability, it is not intended as a documentary of horrors. Rather it will speak of loss and resilience, of sorrow and our shared humanity.

Intimate Transgressions is supported by CAPA (Center for Asia Pacific Affairs), the Irish Consulate in New York and Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

 The programs of WhiteBox are made possible in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council for the arts.

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WhiteBox Benefit and Art Auction: Buy Tickets/Preview and Bid

  WhiteBox Benefit Art Auction & WhiteBox and Richard J. Massey Foundation Arts and Humanities Award Honoring Karen Finley   Tuesday, June 23rd 2015 | 6:30-9pm   Your ticket purchase(s) will also be credited to your auction bidding and part… Continue reading

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WhiteBox Project Room: Between Heaven and Hell

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WhiteBox Project Room presents

 Between Heaven and Hell

 A benefit exhibition

Curated by Raul Zamudio

 Photography by Romulo Sans

On view May 20th to June 10th
Opening Reception Wednesday May 20th | 7-9pm

WhiteBox Project Room is pleased to present the solo exhibition of Romulo Sans titled Romulo Sans: Between Heaven and Hell. Like the Catholic posthumous, impure state of the soul in a nether region between salvation and damnation, the exhibition explores the liminal space of other dichotomies including sacred/profane, religiosity/secularism, orthodoxy/heterodoxy, individual/collective, spirit/corporeality, and East/West.

Whereas in previous works Sans created narrative sagas that ran the gamut of gritty urban New York street culture to impeccably staged mise-en-scenes that converge haute couture with memento mori, Romulo Sans: Between Heaven and Hell is more topical by indirectly citing events within the context of social violence, Religious authoritarianism, political corruption, corporate greed, media collusion, and consumerism. Exemplifying this is a photograph of what appears to be a runway model casually smoking a cigarette with a blue recycling bag over her head filled with environmentally toxic products. Is this some avant-garde fashion accessory or a poignant eco-political work about the complacency of culture and the culture of complacency?

In another work, the word Caliphate is written in typography used in Coca-Cola advertisements. On the one hand, the work mines Western Islamophobia and its perception of terror groups wanting to become ubiquitous and inevitably corporatized. On the other hand, it also alludes to shadow economies and vulture capitalism evinced, for instance, in Western multinational corporations with subsidiaries who indirectly fund religious and political violence to create economic opportunities in their pathological desire for global power.

Proceeds will benefit Whitebox Project Room’s new programming 

Underline : Recent Works by Judy Yang

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Whitebox Art Center presents

Underline: Recent Work by Judy Yang

On view February 4th to 24th 2015

Opening reception February 6th | 6-9pm

New York City – Underline is an exhibition presenting recent work by JooYeon Judy Yang, curated by Argentine curator Lucila Gradin. Judy Yang’s work arises from the artist’s own merging of visual traditions wrought from her East Asian lineage and Western experience, evoking coded landscapes and meticulously layered architectural renderings, taking influences from religious myth and social catastrophes, to talk about the political consequences of media manipulation.

In the exhibition there will be two bodies of work in dialogue. On one side Judy Yang will present three large-scale scraped boards from her series “Mistreatment of Life,” developed after the artist’s own first-hand experience of the 2010 foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) outbreak, after which Yang began to question the economy of food and health in our society. On the other side of the exhibition space, seven currency collages from the series “One Nation Banknote” will be displayed, recomposing the idealized iconography of real international currency to reveal an underlying narrative of social catastrophe.

These formally engaging, rigorous and labor-intensive works reference on one hand the vertical spaces and textured expanses of Asian scroll painting landscapes, while simultaneously calling to mind the heavily etched lines influenced by Western print masters.

This collection of pieces demands close examination: a slow, careful review akin to the study of evidence. Such a forensic visual investigation prompts the exploration of different approaches to morality through the highly detailed spaces of an East/West hybrid, filtered through the artist’s deft hand and careful, sensitive rendering.

The title of the show references the crawling television news ticker, which the artist interprets as the bearer of real information in the face of the distracting, manipulated spectacle of the images “breaking” on the screen.

Curated by Lucila Gradin

 Link to Press Kit

NO EXIT : A Project by Khaled Jarrar

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Whitebox Art Center Presents

NO EXIT
A Project by Khaled Jarrar
On View July 24th – August 9th (extended)

Opening reception at Whitebox Art Center July 24th 5 – 7 pm

Link to images and press packet 

New York City – Whitebox Art Center presents a solo show by Palestinian artist Khaled Jarrar, produced and curated by Myriam Vanneschi.

The Israel Border Police denied artist Khaled Jarrar exit to travel to NYC for this project and his participation in the show Here and Elsewhere at the New Museum. He has since decided to create a new work for this show that deals with his status as well as the current situation in Gaza. This new media piece will be live updated as the situation develops.

Khaled Jarrar describes his experience attempting to leave Palestine on July 23rd, 2014: “Another massacre is taking place in Gaza, and Israel is trying to sell it as a war with Hamas using a deceptive media campaign, turning the oppressed into a villain. It is a fact that Israel is an occupying and apartheid country that controls our land, steals our water and natural resources, depriving us of our basic human rights for the past 66 years. The Israeli recurrent massacres will never end. Telling and sharing our stories and what is happening in Palestine is very essential. We are obliged to take the streets and strongly condemn the killing of the people of Gaza”.

NO EXIT is produced and curated by Myriam Vanneschi and co-produced by Igor Molochevski.
The programs of Whitebox Art Center are made possible in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Press Contact: press@whiteboxny.org

Links to Press:

ArtFCity: Weighing Risks After Last Weeks Cancelled Pro-Palestine Workshop by Whitney Kimball

WNYC RADIO: Art That Reaches Beyond Palestine by Deborah Solomon & Gisele Regatao

Hyperallergic: The Real Life Politics of Palestinian Art in New York by Hrag Vartanian

Artnet News: Pro-Palestine Exhibition Cancelled in NYC by Ben Davis

Hyperallergic: Israel Denies Exit for Palestinian Artist In New Museum Show by Myriam Vanneschi

Le Monde: Khaled Jarrar, artiste et militaire palestinien, n’ira pas à New York by Robin Braquet

Animal New York: Israel Denies Exit Palestinian Artist Bars Attending His New Museum Show by Marina Galperina

ArtNews: No Exit for Palestinian Artist Khaled Jarrar

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HERE AND ELSEWHERE, AT WAR, AND INTO THE FUTURE: PALESTINE

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LIVE WEB STREAM PANEL DISCUSSION
Organized and moderated by Mohammad Salemy as part of the Fixing the Future Platform 

Hosted Live at Whitebox Art Center | 329 Broome St New York, NY 10002

Panelists: Joseph Audeh, Ariella Azoulay, Judith Rodenbeck, Alex Shams, and Myriam Vanneschi

Link to YouTube Video Stream

An uncanny timeliness opened an unexpected connection between global contemporary art and geopolitics this month when, following the escalation of Israel’s military operations in Gaza, a planned exhibition of works from and about the Arab world opened at New York’s New Museum of Contemporary Art. Not only is the exhibition the biggest of its kind but, in addition to works from Palestinian artists throughout the show, the fifth floor of the museum houses a separately curated presentation of art and archival materials about and from Palestine.

It’s merely a truism to respond to this happenstance with the well-known quote by Walter Benjamin, that “there is no document of civilization which is not at the same time a document of barbarism.” However, investigating the subtleties of Benjamin’s link between civilization and barbarism seems especially pertinent to these coincidental exposures of the politics of the Arab world in that the operating logics of both Israel’s Operation Protective Edge and New Museum’s Here and Elsewhere each in their own way contend with the form and content of the anticolonial resistance that has historically provided the Raison d’être for so much of Arab art, specifically contemporary art from Palestine.

In this conversation organized by Mohammad Salemy, Ariella Azoulay, Joseph Audeh, Judith Rodenbeck, Alex Shams, and Myriam Vanneschi will discuss what connections can be made between seemingly unrelated categories of military and museum as well as war and art.

The Middle East continues to be a primary site for the blood-drenched transformations of our planetary geopolitical system and is now also taking a leading role in the emergence of a global contemporary art. The discussion will consider whether the coincidental exposure of geopolitical violence in the Middle East and art from the region to audiences in the global north can help us understand the future of Palestine and the place of production and distribution of contemporary art in the future.

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Joseph Audeh is an artist whose work combines science, culture and technology to explore the physical and political landscape of the Middle East. In 2013, Audeh developed Machine for Raising Water, an adaptation of a thousand-year-old irrigation device, with farmers in the Nile River Valley and water mechanics in Cairo at Townhouse Gallery. Audeh’s projects have appeared at New York University, Whitebox Art Center (New York), Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar (Doha), the Mediterranean Science, Policy, Research and Innovation Gateway (Cairo), and Makan Art Space (Amman). He currently works for Trevor Paglen and is a member of the New Museum’s art + technology incubator, NEW INC.

Ariella Azoulay (born 1962), teaches at the Department of Modern Culture and Media and the Department of Comparative Literature, Brown University
Her recent books include  From Palestine to Israel: A Photographic Record of Destruction and State Formation, 1947-1950, (Pluto Press, 2011), Civil Imagination: The Political Ontology of Photography (Verso, 2012) and The Civil Contract of Photography (Zone Books, 2008). Azoulay is also the She is the curator of When The Body Politic Ceases To Be An Idea, Exhibition Room – Manifesta Journal Around Curatorial Practices No 16 (folded format in Hebrew, MOBY, 2013), Potential History (2012, Stuk / Artefact, Louven), Untaken Photographs (2010, Igor Zabel Award,  The Moderna galerija, Lubliana; Zochrot, Tel Aviv), Architecture of Destruction (Zochrot, Tel Aviv), Everything Could Be Seen (Um El Fahem Gallery of Art).

Judith Rodenbeck is an art historian and critic based in New York and Los Angeles. A past editor of Art Journal, she is also author of Radical Prototypes: Allan Kaprow and the Invention of Happenings. Her essay on Akram Zaatari’s missives is forthcoming this fall.

Alex Shams is an editor at Ma’an News Agency, the largest independent news agency in Palestine. He is also an editor-in-chief of Ajam Media Collective, a blog focused on society and culture in Iran and Central Asia. A native of Los Angeles, he received his master’s in Middle Eastern studies with a focus on gender in modern Iran from Harvard University in 2013. His work focuses on gender, urbanism, and Islamic political thought in the region. He has previously lived in Lebanon, and currently resides in Bethlehem.

Myriam Vanneschi is an independent curator and writer from the Netherlands. Her interests include Social Practice art, New Media art, feminism and art in a global context. She is a contributor to ArtBerlin and Hyperallergic. Very recently, she curated NO EXIT by Khaled Jarrar at Whitebox Art Center.

Mohammad Salemy is an independent Vancouver-based critic and curator from Iran. He has curated exhibitions at the Koerner Gallery and AMS Gallery at the University of British Columbia, as well as the Satellite Gallery and Dadabase. He co-curated Faces exhibition at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery. In 2014, Salemy organized the Incredible Machines conference in Vancouver. Salemy holds a masters degree in Critical and Curatorial Studies from the University of British Columbia.

Link to Fixing the Future http://fixingthefuture.info

Here and elsewhere, at war, and into the future: Palestine

Live Web Stream panel discussion organized and moderated by Mohammad Salemy as part of the Fixing the Future Platform  Tuesday August 5, 2014, 6PM EST Hosted Live at Whitebox Art Center | 329 Broome St New York, NY 10002 Panelists:… Continue reading

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China: June 4, 1989

Whitebox Art Center and Asian American Arts Centre present

Whitebox Art Center and Asian American Arts Centre present

China: June 4, 1989

The 25th Anniversary Exhibition in Commemoration of Tiananmen Square

Special Screening of “Portraits of Loss and the Quest for Justice” July 1st & 10th | 6-6:30pm
Closing Reception Tuesday, June 10th | 5-7pm
Exhibition on view June 1st – 10th 2014

Vito Acconci | Luis Cruz Azaceta | Betty Beaumont
Luis Camnitzer | Mel Chin | Agnes Denes | Lotus Do
John Duff Leon Golub | Billy Harlem | Edgar Heap of Birds
Ava Hsueh | Kunio Izuka | Ik Joong Kang | Donald Lipski
Liliana Porter | Rumiko Tsuda | Daniel Georges | Dolly Unithan
Martin Wong | Sofia Zezmer | Zhang Hongtu

Image credit : “China Doll Flag” by Vito Acconi; nylon flag, mannequin, rope; 60in x 36in

Whitebox Art Center and Asian American Arts Centre present Art Center presents

Unveiled | Music – Performance – Readings

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Whitebox Art Center will host a multi-media event generated in collaboration with KafLab. Unveiled will combine music, performance, technology and readings. This response to cultural and political complexities in the Middle East— will take place on the closing of Beyond the Cloth: The Kafiye Project.

Music

Starting with acoustic and traditional Arab musical forms of the oud (Hadi Eldebek) and acoustic guitar (Plus Aziz) juxtaposing with an exploration of improvised drawing and experimental sound (Kevork Mourad) raw interaction of words and music hip hop/spoken word/postmodernist African American youth culture (organized and led by Chris Carr).

Performance

Ferrán Martín’s performative use of fire and wood — highlighting destruction as a process inherent to civilization— is an experience of transformation in time informed by rituals native to the Western Mediterranean Basin.

Rosalinda González’s musical performance of an original composition — for electric violin, mattress needles and cymbals— is inspired by female protesters in Egypt. The two-channel video projection ties into iconoclastic suppression of Christianity in the region.

Pasha Radetzki’s HUEWOMANITY in conjunction with the U.N. MOM Committee and its Digitala sub-committee explores the possibility of progress in contemporary children’s rights today — particularly in Syria.

Interactive installation by Igor Molochevski and Ella Averbukh — The Silent Prayer of Magnetic Field, for which Ella will create — in real-time— a canvas of yarn embedded with magnetic components following geometric patterns related to the Kafiye. A real-time analysis of the magnetic field generated by her movements will create musical composition.

Readings

Music and performances will be punctuated with live readings by Anthony Hayden-Guest’s referent to his days covering for the British Press the Civil War in Lebanon in relation to today’s situation. Erum Naqvi will introduce the event while providing a framework extrapolated from her writings on globalization and contemporary aesthetics.