Radical Closure at Conversations at the Edge

Date: 
03/2011
Author: 
Brigid
Radical Closure

On Thursday, March 3, we continue to celebrate the launch of the highly anticipated DVD box set, Radical Closure. Curated by Lebanese video artist Akram Zaatari, Radical Closure features works produced in response to situations of physical or ideological closure resulting from war and territorial conflicts. The program looks at what is known as the Middle East, and how the moving image has functioned throughout its history, charged with division, political tension, and mobilization. The 5-DVD box set has an accompanying monograph with curator's essay, and features important work by 24 artists including Guy Ben-Ner, Harun Farocki, Mona Hatoum, Walid Raad, and Avi Mograbi.

This special promotional program concentrates on works portraying unsettling situations, narrated with both considerable emotional investment and critical distance, and includes these titles from the box set:

Lisa Steele, Birthday Suit with scars and defects, 1974, 13:20, Canada 
Hatice Güleryüz, Intensive Care, 2001, 2:20, Turkey
Hatice Güleryüz, The First Ones, 2000, 4:40, Turkey
Marwa Arsanios, I've Heard Stories 1, 2008, 4:42, Lebanon
Mahmoud Hojeij, we will win, 2006, 7:30, Lebanon
Köken Ergun, Ben Askerim (I, Soldier), 2005, 7:11, Turkey
Elia Suleiman, Homage by Assassination, 1992, 27:37, Palestine/U.S.

The evening will include a remote conversation with curator Akram Zaatari, via Skype.

Source: 
Conversations at the Edge
Artist(s): 
Akram Zaatari
Artist(s): 
Lisa Steele
Artist(s): 
Hatice Güleryüz
Artist(s): 
Marwa Arsanios
Artist(s): 
Mahmoud Hojeij
Artist(s): 
Köken Ergun
Artist(s): 
Elia Suleiman