Decolonizing the Representation of Contemporary Arab Narratives

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Date(s) - 27/08/2017
11:50 am - 1:00 pm

Demonstration Room at SummerHall


With the Arab Spring turning into dark winter, war in Syria, the destruction of Iraq, the rise and reign of radical Islam, massive migratory movements, the ongoing Palestinian tragedy, among many other turmoils burdening the lives of millions of Arabs, the past few years have witnessed a global fascination with the narratives of the Arab catastrophe, as if the Western world can’t look at this region beyond its conflicts, wars, and colonial history. These topics certainly impose themselves on the creation of Arab artists living in the region or diaspora, but it seems that Arab artistic production is now expected to solely echo, comment, complete, or clarify what is shown in the news. That said, can Arab performing artists still use the stage to give different perceptions of their homes, struggles, and lives as human beings? Is it possible for a Syrian or Iraqi playwright to put on paper a simple love story? And isn’t a love story also an expression of time as experienced by its author?

Speakers: Hassan El Geretly (Egypt), Liwaa Yazji (Syria), David Greig (UK), Jumana Al-Yasiri (Syria/Iraq)

Moderator: Abdullah Al-Kafri (Syria)


* Curated by Jumana Al-Yasiri, Sundance Institute Theatre Program

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