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Ziad Abillama, Pourquoi n’arrêtes-tu pas de mourir?, 2005, video still Courtesy Ziad Abillama

Ghalya Saadawi

03.08.2017 19:00 / From geo to tempo – the ‘local’ in transnational contemporary art
Location: Galerie 5020
  • Language: English
    Address: Residenzplatz 10, 5020 Salzburg

    If we are to confront the geographical and identitarian paradoxes at the heart of global, transnational contemporary art, we need to return to time. And if we are to be frequently solicited to talk about our locality, we may well need a better set of theoretical tools with which to do so, in order to bypass total disinclination, instrumentalisation, ahistorical understanding or pastiche.


    This talk is about how art in Beirut, in recent history, has progressively and symptomatically coalesced into a transnational category and cabinet of curiosity, drawing capital from both its locality and its transnationality – without making remarks about either. As it moves within globalisation, towards this totality, the talk considers art in/from/out of Beirut as symptomatic thermostat, not as artefact; as something to be thought through history and infrastructure, not spatially. It will address the conditions by which we can understand globalisation in art through the local (or the locally transnational), while thinking about future making/thinking in ways that do not oversimplify and succumb to a given, total category of theglobal under capitalism. The talk thus covers art in Beirut without needless overviews, while paying close attention to transnational and neoliberal art discourse and practice.