April 26, 2007 - Tate Modern - THIS DAY: Recent Film and Video from the Middle East
April 26, 2007

THIS DAY: Recent Film and Video from the Middle East

Ayreen Anastas, Pasolini Pa* Palestine 2005, copyright The artist

THIS DAY: Recent Film and Video from the Middle East
4-13 May 2007

Tate Modern 

This Day is a series of short films and video works by international artists whose work responds to the cultural, social, historical and political contexts of the Middle East.

Nine screenings will present work by more than forty artists from Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria, in addition to artists from Europe and the United States whose work relates to the Middle East. Featured highlights include an opening performance by Rabih Mroué and a survey of work by Akram Zaatari.

The ongoing events in the Middle East produce a flow of images that often represent war, destruction and conflict. Channelled through television and the internet, this imagery constructs and distorts the global understanding of the region, facilitating stereotypes and contaminating efforts to reconstruct a collective memory left in ruins. This Day hopes to challenge these representations by showing moving image work that offers new critical viewpoints onto the regions rich visual culture. More than ever before, film and video-making from the Middle East interrogates cineamtic and photographic images to consider fundamental ethical and political problems and to question the limits of freedom.

Curated by Predrag Pajdic & Samar Martha.
Supported by Arts Council England, The Henry Moore Foundation, the British Council, Visiting Arts, and the Arts Club

For full programme details visit www.tate.org.uk/modern/eventseducation/film/thisdayformerlyinfocus.htm

Rabih Mroué: Make me Stop Smoking
Friday 4 May 2007, 19.00 This Day opens with a live performance by renowned Lebanese artist Rabih Mroué.
Saturday 5 May 2007, 15.00
Experimental video works by artists Abdullatif Abdul Hamid, Yasmeen Al Awadi, Mounira Al Solh, Anthony Abu Khalife and Khaled Hafez.
Travellers Tales: Programme One
Saturday 5 May 2007, 17.00
A programme about travelling, migration, borders and checkpoints including work by Rowan Al Faqih, Maja Bejevic, Annemarie Jacir & Nassim Amouche, Hala ElKoussy, Ayreen Anastas, Sameh Zobi and Enas Muthafar.
Travellers Tales: Programme Two
Saturday 5 May 2007, 19.00
Breaking News
Sunday 6 May 2007, 17.00
A programme about conflict, war and loss, featuring Ali Cheri, Shadi Habib Allah, Mohamad Hjoeij, Hicham Jaber, Diane Nerwen, Jackie Saloum and Annemarie Jacir.
Reality Check
Friday 11 May 2007, 19.00
Taking stock of everyday concerns and behaviours: love, seduction, social manners and gossip. Artists include Akram Ashqar, Mohammed Hammad, Larissa Sansour, Sharif Waked, Ahmed Khaled and Nisreen Khodr.
Akram Zaatari: Programme One
Saturday 12 May 2007, 17.00
Retrospective presenting short films and videos by Akram Zaatari, an artist and curator based in Beirut, whose work examines the conflicts, images and documents that have shaped the Lebanese condition.
Akram Zaatari: Programme Two
Saturday 12 May 2007, 19.00
Sunday 13 May 2007, 19.00
Programme examining the nature of memory and knowledge with work by artists Shady El Noshokaty, Mereille Astore, Lamia Joreige, Nadim Kufi, Rabih Mroueh, Lina Saneh, Mario Rizzi, and Omar Amiralay.

All Programmes will take place in the Starr Auditorium, Tate Modern.

Tate Modern
London SE1 9TG


Book tickets online, or call 44 (0)20 7887 8888

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