The restored CinéVog, in a quarter nicknamed ‘Aston Villa’
At JAOU Tunis symposium on Visual Culture in an Age of Global Conflict, we spoke to Moncef Dhouib, Tunisian film director, actor & screenwriter. The symposium was at the Bardo Museum, Tunisia as it had been last year, despite attacks on tourists this March by militants.
Dhouib, a veteran actor, screenwriter, producer and puppeteer is a pioneer in the Tunisian performing arts. Dhouib describes his project CinéVog, a local theatre complex model for theatres which he wants to spread across the Maghreb to bring the performing arts back to the people.
Also young Tunisian dancer and choreographer Wael Maghni describes how he reconciled his dance practice with his belief in Islam and the current state of employment and opportunities for dancers and choreographers in Tunisia today. Maghni was on the symposium roundtable ‘Maghreb Condition Report I: The Choreographed Body in Tunisian Culture’. Interviews are in French.
Broadcasts: on 104.4FM in London Tues 21:30hrs, repeats Thurs 16:00hrs
At JAOU Tunis conference May 2015 artist Chris Weaver speaks with Antonia Carver, director of Art Dubai, after the panel ‘Future Imperfect: Art Institutions in the Middle East’, and Rahilla Zafar, author and business consultant about her book on Arab women entrepreneurs.
Antonia Carver has written extensively on Middle Eastern art and film, as a correspondent for The Art Newspaper and Screen ArtDubai International, among other publications, books and journals.
Rahilla Zafar writer, editor and business development consultant for Wondros, contributes to The Economist’s GE Look Ahead, an award-winning series on global innovation trends. Rahilla co-wrote ‘Arab Women Rising: 35 Entrepreneurs Making a Difference in the Arab World’ and is working on a book on women in Saudi Arabia.
After the Bardo Museum attacks on tourists in 2015, JAOU festival did not deter from holding its annual arts events again at the Tunis museum.
A series from Jaou Tunis, a symposium on Visual Culture in an Age of Global Conflict. JAOU is hosted yearly at the Bardo Museum, Tunis, Tunisia by the Kamel Lazaar Foundation and this year went ahead despite a brutal shooting of 20 tourists by ISIS in the museum this March.
This week’s broadcast features artist Hiwa K, born in Kurdish Iraq, living in Berlin. Hiwa discusses his piece The Bell, (pictured) currently on show at the 56th Venice Biennale, in the main exhibition of Arsenale titled “All The World’s Futures”. Hiwa made a short presentation on The Bell at JAOU Tunis, a piece which took 8 years to complete and features melted down arms from all over the world, used in Iraq, and turned into a bell ornamented with the classical relief of a lion with a bearded, human head.
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After the Bardo Museum attacks on tourists earlier this year, JAOU festival and symposium is more than ever set to hold its annual arts events at the Tunis museum in Tunisia. Sound artist Chris Weaver interviews founder of the Barjeel Foundation, UAE and renowned Arab affairs commentator Sultan Al Qassemi about his participation in JAOU Tunis, from Dubai where they are both currently living. “Personally I’m very much intrigued by post-revolution art and culture in Tunisia. Tunisia is constantly now ranked as the only free country in the Arab world, what does that mean for art, does that mean there is a higher ceiling? What about the taboo subjects that we face in the gulf and other parts of the Middle East and North Africa, can you broach them? Can you approach them? This is a unique opportunity to witness first hand in Tunisia.” Broadcasts Tuesday 21.30 GMT, repeats Thursday 16:00 GMT. http://www.sixpillars.org
Curators and authors Rose Issa (London) and Michket Krifa (Paris) discuss curating Middle Eastern and North African art in a European context, at a time when institutions, for the first time in France, but since some years already in the UK, are faced with cuts.
Rose Issa is director of Rose Issa Projects, a gallery spread across two spaces in the UK, and has been working Arab and Iranian art for over 20 years, while Michket Krifa was since 2009 the artistic director of the 8th and 9th Bamako Encounters, African Biennale of Photography. She has been involved in Iranian art since the first Iranian photography exhibition in Europe Regards Persans (Iran- Espace Electra 2001). Michket is also a nominator for the Prix Pictet.
Recorded in UAE at Art Dubai 2014.
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Ahead of a series of JAOU Tunis broadcasts from the arts symposium and conference in May, Fari Bradley & Chris Weaver interview Lina Lazaar, Associate Editor of Ibraaz and founder of JAOU.
Fari Bradley and Chris Weaver will be broadcasting from the 3rd annual JAOU Tunis festival: Maghreb and Middle East Condition Report 2015, Collaborative Geographies and Visual Culture in an Age of Global Conflict.
“As sound artists we are interested in how the medium of broadcast enables the transactions of an open conversation. Through the act of exchange, important catalysts are formed for future ideas and philosophies.”
Previous broadcasts by Bradley-Weaver: Frieze Art Fair 2004-9, Serpentine Gallery 2005-06, Tate Modern 2007, MIMA 2008, BC Columbia 2009, Raven Row Gallery 2011, Art Dubai, UAE 2013-14.
The Kamel Lazaar Foundation hosts it’s 3rd festival of Maghreb arts & culture, JAOU Tunis, May 28-31 around a 2-day public symposium at the National Museum of Bardo in Tunis. After museum visitors were killed by gunmen, the Kamel Lazaar Foundation wrote an open letter stating that JAOU would go ahead despite the brutalities.
At a time when photography as an artistic medium is undergoing continual changes and challenges, a new gallery in Dubai focuses specifically on the medium. Having expanded and strained under the onset of digital photography and the smart phone camera boom, the art form is now faced with the proliferation of the image, a flood of low-grade images in places once reserved for those of the highest quality amongst other challenges.
We speak to the director of East Wing, Elie Domit about his interest in and dedication to photography, and the show ‘Ramadam in Yemen‘, a series of one-off prints taken in the early 90s around the mountain villages of Yemen by Australian photographer Max Pam, decorated with diary notes scribbled on the sides of these very personal postcards.
Tar o Pood (Persian for warp and weft) is a collaboration between Kronos Quartet and Iranian-Canadian Sabha Aminikia. We interview violinist and Kronos Quartet founder David Harrington, ahead of the performance at San Francisco’s Switchboard Festival, on how their work is centred on a politics heavily informed by the group’s feelings about their own country’s foreign policy (Australia) and treatment of minorities. Sahba Aminikia has featured before on 6 Pillars. The first piece we heard of his was ‘Threnody for Those Who Remain’ in 2010, dedicated to Aminikia’s father. For Tar o Pood, Sahba spent months trundling around Iran recording weaving processes. During the performance the players wear headphones, playing along with work songs sung by Iranian weavers. The audience hear the weaving interspersed with the piece. Aminikia’s grandparents were carpet weavers from Kashan and his grandmother’s singing was also used in the third movement of the piece. www.sixpillars.org
Fine artist Samira Hodaie at her first solo show in Dubai, speaks to us about her methods, themes and experience. Cube Arts Gallery, DIFC teamed up with AB GALLERY in Switzerland to bring Hodaie over from Iran to show a series of works on canvas, wood panel plus a wall sculpture. Over three floors we peruse the show and look at her version of pointilism, which plays on post-modern themes of pixellation, fracture and contemporary politics – all expressed within a language derived from Persian classicism.
Recorded October 2014 in the UAE.
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Curator Peter Lewis at the opening of the group show /seconds. in the Sharjah Art Foundation, United Arab Emirates. Lewis speaks about curating his web portal/ magazine for art and the process of installing the three dimensional works, ‘offline’. Plus on the same night we hear from French artist Fabienne Adeoud directly after her live performance on her first visit to the Middle East, and Kuwaiti designer/ artist Nanu Al Hamad comments on the opening of an installation by the GCC, a self-styled Gulf collective of which he is part, at the Sharjah Art Foundation.
Also opening that week was the GCC’s ‘Achievements in Retrospective’, taking from their recent MoMA show, by presenting existing work recontextualised and extending ideas from the MoMa show into new works responding to the site.
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