Possible Damage //
Two exhibitions running in tandem at Iniva: the first solo exhibition in the UK by Lebanese artist, theatre director, playwright and actor, Rabih Mroué titled I, the Undersigned / The People are Demanding, and Possible Damage an exhibition and archive of student protest presented by the Inivators and Tania El Khoury.
The People are Demanding
An exhibition and archive of the student protests presented by the Inivators and Tania El Khoury in the Education Space and elsewhere.
"Shortly after the first of the student protests here in London, at Millbank, we realised that something had happened, something that had precipitated events that we found ourselves unsure of. Since this time, we have established ourselves as archivists and investigators of the realm of possible damage to come. The precarious nature of the objects and documents that have found their way into our hands have dubious and sometimes speculative origins.
The archive is brought together from found, donated and created objects each lending its weight towards preserving a fragile memory of a particular event. The organising and indexing of the archive allows a speculative attitude towards the present and recent past. By refusing to adhere themselves to a set of truths, the material instead provokes a question of what is in fact believable, revealing the delicate bonds of social narrative and trust in a collective idea of history.
Part of our archive is dedicated to those who we call 'the disappeared'. We still don't know where these people are or how they disappeared, although of course we all have our suspicions. We know little of their identities but we do know that their actions, as anonymous beings, have influenced us all."
The Inivators: Alexandra, Ella, Gita, Hailey, Hussain, Karli, Luke, Quincey, Raziya, Ruth, Ryan, Tara, Yemisi and Yolanda
Rabih Mroué: I, the Undersigned / The People are Demanding
The first solo exhibition in the UK by Lebanese artist, theatre director, playwright and actor, influenced by the ongoing conflicts in Lebanon and the Middle East since the Lebanese Civil War.
I, the Undersigned is the first solo exhibition in the UK by Lebanese artist, theatre director, playwright and actor Rabih Mroué. Influenced by the ongoing conflicts in Lebanon and the Middle East since the Lebanese Civil War, Mroué looks at issues of historical narration, exclusion and remembrance. For this exhibition he presents new installations alongside key recent works and a live performance.
The People are Demanding - A last minute intervention by the artist directly responds to current political events, the original title I, the Undersigned has been replaced with The People are Demanding and a new work produced. The iconic slogan ‘The People are Demanding' is being heard in cities across the Middle East where a revolution is unfolding, and becomes the title of a new installation for the window space.
What: Possible Damage // The People are Demanding
Where: Iniva, Rivington Place, London EC2A 3BA
When: Wed 23 Mar – Sat 14 May 2011, Thurs 12 - 9pm, Fri / Sat 12 - 6pm
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