Tania El Khoury (Beirut)

entrance € 14,00 | reduced € 7,00

Duration 40 min

In English

In CULTURAL EXCHANGE RATE, artist Tania El Khoury shares her family memoirs of life in a border village between Lebanon and Syria. One marked by war survival, valueless currency collection, brief migration to Mexico, and a river that disregards the colonial and national borders. The interactive live art project is based on the artist’s recorded interviews with her late grandmother, who was older than the Republic of Lebanon; on oral histories collected in her village in Akkar, the discovery of lost relatives in Mexico City, and the family’s attempt to secure dual citizenship. The audience is invited to immerse themselves in the installation and to explore the sounds, images, and textures of traces of more than a century of border crossings. 

Tania El Khoury staged STORIES OF REFUGE at SPIELART back in 2013 and GARDENS SPEAK in 2015, and from Oct 25th to 29th she will be presenting AS FAR AS MY FINGERTIPS TAKE ME at SPIELART 2019.



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Interactive Installation   Migration and Refuge   Social Injustice   Generations in Exchange  

Read more:

Production Design Petra Abusleiman Research Ziad Abu-Rish |  May Haider | Mariam Saada | Alexander Mayagoitia Sound Design Fadi Tabbal Graphic Design Jana Traboulsi Live Video Editing Ali Beidoun Cinematography Luke Bryant | Tania El Khoury Archives El Khoury Family Papers (Lebanon and Mexico) | Archivo General de la Nación (México) | SRE -Acervo Histórico Diplomático (México)

Tania El Khoury is a live artist whose work focuses on audience interactivity and is concerned with the ethical and political potential of such encounters. Her work has been translated to multiple languages and shown in 32 countries across six continents, in spaces ranging from museums to cable cars to the Mediterranean Sea. She holds a PhD in Theatre Studies from Royal Holloway, University of London. Tania is affiliated with Forest Fringe in the UK and is the co-founder of the urban research and performance collective Dictaphone Group in Lebanon. She presented STORIES OF REFUGE at SPIELART back in 2013 and GARDEN SPEAK in 2015.

Co-production: Bard Fisher Center | SPIELART Theaterfestival | Onassis Stegi

Realisization in cooperation with Goethe-Institut