March 11, 2007 - 49 Nord 6 Est – Frac Lorraine - LIDA ABDUL / TANIA BRUGUERA publication
March 11, 2007


TOP : Lida Abdul, What we saw upon awaking, 2006. Frac Lorraine collection.
BOTTOM : Tania Bruguera, Untitled (Kassel, 2002), Museum für Moderne Kunst collection, Frankfurt am Main. Copyright Tania Bruguera, Frac Lorraine, Metz, 2006, Photo: Eric Didy


Frac Lorraine

Colored illustrations
96 pages
14 x 19 cm

Edition in French and English
ISBN 978-2-911271-11-3

An edition dedicated to two major artists Lida Abdul / Tania Bruguera with important contributions
from international art critics and curators.

What alternatives, what recourse do we have when faced with the prevailing images and information and the official rhetoric ? How can we go about conveying and testifying to what is going on Now, Here, Over There in a different way ? Lida Abdul (Afghanistan) and Tania Bruguera (Cuba) respectively engage in a reflexion on their countrys situation. They break with the distancing of images and set about finding an answer, in the form of an action, performance, or physical commitment, whether it be through the artists body or that of the viewer enlisted as a player.

Brought together for the first in a show, Lida Abdul and Tania Bruguera take on a role of player-cum-transmitter that extends well beyond the context of their own countries. They also address the question of how the experience of exile and migration ties in with artistic practices and performance art. The publication is an exceptional extension to the thought given to these issues during the show.

– LIDA ABDUL > Born in Kabul, Afghanistan (AF) in 1973, lives and works in Kabul (AF) and Los Angeles (US) /
– TANIA BRUGUERA > Born in Havana, Cuba (CU) in 1968, lives and works in Havana (CU) and Chicago (US) /

>”Now, here, over there: the body at war”, Béatrice Josse, Frac Lorraine director.
>”On being here and still there”, Nikos Papastergiadis, curator, art critic. Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director of the Australian Cenre, University of Melbourne.
>”Monument, Ruin, Memorial – Lida Abdul”, Anthony Kiendl, Director of Plug In ICA in Winnipeg, Canada, Leverhulme Visiting Research Fellow at the School of Arts, Middlesex University, London, UK and faculty at The Banff Centre, Banff, Canada.
>”On the subject of Endurance – Lida Abdul”, Sara Raza, London-based writer and curator of public programmes at Tate Modern and editor for Art Asia Pacific magazine for the region of West and Central Asia.
> “Tania Bruguera: Her Place and Her Moment”, Yuneikys Villalonga, art critic and freelance curator, Havana, Cuba.

49 NORD 6 EST – Fonds régional dart contemporain de Lorraine /
1bis rue des Trinitaires, F-57000 Metz / Tel: 0033 (0)3 87 74 20 02 / Fax: 0033 (0)3 87 74 20 56
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