”كرسي جدي ما زال يهتزّ على
تحته يعبر النهر، يتقلّب فيه
سركون بولص، ”عظمة أخرى لكلب القبيلة“
يتجاور الأحياء والموتى بشكل ملفت للنظر في ديوان سركون بولص الأخير ”عظمة أخرى لكلب القبيلة.“ فنراهم يتقلبون في النهر الذي يجري على أول صفحة فيه. ويعاودون الظهور، ... Read More »
أخذتُ قبل بدايات التسعينات أتبادل الرسائل مع سركون بولص المقيم في سان فرنسيسكو في الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية، كنّا نتحدث على الأغلب في رسائلنا عن الماضي الخاص بسركون والذي أعرف بعضه بشكل غامض، وهو يصحح لي هنا وهناك، وبالطبع كان حديثنا الأهم عن نشر قصائده، لكن الأمور سارت بوتيرة غير الوتيرة التي أرادها سركون ... Read More »
آخر مرة التقيتُ سركون كان في بداية العام 1966، في بغداد. ذهبنا الى مطعم صغير في البتاويين وبعده الى معرضٍ للرسم في المعهد الثقافي الفرنسي. افترقنا وأنا أعرف بأنه سيغادر العراق، أو يهرب، لينهي عذابه من تجنيده في الجيش وبقائه عاطلاً عن أية وظيفة أو استخدام، في أجهزة الإعلام الرسمية أو الاهلية، وفي غيرهما، سواءً في ... Read More »
Sharjah Art Gallery, American University in Cairo, Cairo
"Hydrogen" is the 2014 senior student exhibition of the American University in Cairo's Visual Cultures Program. The exhibition presents seventeen projects produced throughout the year and is curated by Visual Artist and AUC Professor Shady ... Read More »
The following trailer is for Laura Poitras' Citizefour, which is scheduled for release on 24 October 2014.
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Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF), Cairo
For his first major solo show in Egypt in over ten years, Medrar.TV invited artist and filmmaker Mohamed Abdelkarim to discuss with Hassan Khan the exhibition and development of his practice over the past two decades. Khan is among the ... Read More »
The American University of Beirut invites applicants for a position in gender and sexuality studies, preferably at the associate or full professor level, to begin fall 2015. The successful applicant will serve as director of the new Women and Gender Studies Program at the American University of Beirut and work to ... Read More »
From November 28th to December 11th 2014, the London Palestine Film Festival (LPFF) returns with the finest new docs, dramas, and shorts on and from the region.
Festival programme: palestinefilm.org
The two week programme, at the Barbican Cinema and University of London venues, showcases over 40 international ... Read More »
Egyptian visual artist and musician, Hashem L Kelesh's online presence is even stronger than in the real world. He studied art history and musical composition online, on his own. And he continues to do so, substituting for Egypt's archaic formal art education programs.
From his flat in suburban Cairo, ... Read More »
June - July 2014
Medrar for Contemporary Art, Cairo
Cairo-based sculptor Alaa Abd El Hamid attempts to incorporate viewers into his latest exhibition. Through a series of mirrored objects, placed around the gallery space, a photograph and a laser show, he hopes they would reflect on their relation to their ... Read More »
المنفى يُولد الآن
وأنْتِ في أنْفاسي
على مدخل دمشق،
أنفه يتنفّس الغضب
أذناه متآلفتان مع ضجيج الموت
فمه عاجزٌ عن النّطق
يحاول أن يقول:
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Object Obscure is a music project/band fronted by Alexandrian musician and sound engineer Samir Nabil. His music is guitar-based, utilizing live looping and other sound layering and manipulating techniques, using various guitar effect pedals, while maintaining a strong melodic ... Read More »
يقع (تل دير علا) في الأغوار الوسطى شرقي نهر الأردن.
وفي الرابع عشر من إبريل 1964 أعلن H.J. Franken مدير حفريات هذا التل عن اكتشاف عدد من الرقم الطينية في الموقع تعود إلى نهاية العصر البرونزي المتأخر، أي إلى نهايات القرن الثالث عشر ق.م. ثلاث من هذه الرقم تحمل كتابة خطت على اللوح الطيني ساعة كان طريا. أما ... Read More »
Creative Refuge book launch
Febrik requests the pleasure of your company at the launch of: Creative Refuge
A publication edited by Reem Charif, Mohamad Hafeda and Joumana al Jabri.
Published by Tadween publishing – 2014.
Friday 10th October, 6.30–8.30pm at T-Marbouta café
Hamra Square ... Read More »
Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Arabic
The George Mason University, Department of Modern and Classical Languages (Fairfax, Va.) invites applications for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Arabic beginning August 2015.
Department: Modern/Classical Languages
Criminal Background Check: Standard ... Read More »
There we sat, the proverbial Turk and Armenian, at neighboring tables in a university student center in New Jersey. My back to his, I drew my eyes out of the book I was reading to concentrate on the voice behind me. The gliding vowels of Turkish always sound familiar in the split second it takes for my brain to mark ... Read More »
February - March 2014
Gypsum Gallery, Cairo
Maha Maamoun's solo exhibition at Gypsum Gallery brings together two works she produced within the span of ten years. Cairoscapes (2003) is a series of large-scale horizontal photographs and Shooting Stars Remind me of Eavesdroppers (2013) is Maamoun’s ... Read More »
The Arab Studies Institute is happy to announce it's sponsorship of the 2014
DC Palestinian Film & Arts Festival
CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS
2014 Program of Films and Events:
Thursday October 2, 2014:
Stories for Justice: Visualizing Palestine Exhibit and Opening Reception
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Write Down, I Am an Arab, directed by Ibtisam Mara’ana-Menuhin. Israel/Palestine, 2014.
Borrowing the opening line of one of Mahmoud Darwish’s most famous poems, “Identity Card,” filmmaker Ibtisam Mara’ana-Menuhin titled her latest documentary Write Down, I Am an Arab. The film, which had its world premiere at ... Read More »
[The Gallatin School of New York University invited Amjad Nasser, one of the major poets of the Arab world, to inaugurate its Gallatin Global Writers series on 30 September. On 27 September, US Homeland Security at Heathrow, London, interrogated Nasser and prevented him from boarding the plane without giving any ... Read More »
Over the past three years, Mazen El Sayed, aka El Rass, has risen to the forefront of the contemporary Arab hip-hop scene. He stood out, along with a few others, for his focus on the Arabic language and poignant criticism of contemporary societies. Whereas hip-hop might have been his ... Read More »
[Between 12-14 August 2014 at the 14th Venice International Architecture Biennale, architects, filmmakers, and activists from Syria and the Arab World, gathered for a series of events focused on Syria and the production of its landscape from before the First World War until today. Using the multidisciplinary and live ... Read More »
Al Beqaa, Lebanon
In November, Lebanese director Ghassan Salhab was busy with his crew, filming 'The Valley', the second film in his triptych inspired by long suffering in Lebanon's modern history, which he compares to feelings of an eminent apocalypse. The film was shot on a vine farm in Al ... Read More »
Maha George is a young Iraqi Christian woman from Baghdad in her early twenties. I came to know Maha and her family quite well three and a half years ago. She was studying medicine in Baghdad at the time, but had no plans for staying in Iraq. She, like so many, no longer believed that Iraq was her country and ... Read More »
Falaki Theater, Cairo
Mehdi Haddab is an Algerian French musician, and a pioneer of the electric oud (lute). Over the years, he’s played a major role in developing and adapting the instrument to different music genres. Haddab is known in the West as “Jimi Hendrix of the electric oud” for his masterful ... Read More »
[”A Profile from the Archives“ is a series published by Jadaliyya in both Arabic and English in cooperation with the Lebanese newspaper, Assafir. These profiles will feature iconic figures who left indelible marks in the politics and culture of the Middle East and North Africa. This profile was originally ... Read More »
[The following open letter is being ciruclated in protest of the Brooklyn Book Festival's partnership with the Israeli Office of Cultural Affairs in New York to sponsor Assaf Gavrons participation in the festival.]
Tell the Brooklyn Book Festival to no longer accept partnerships with the Israeli government or ... Read More »
The DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival (DC-PFAF) is a not for profit, volunteer run annual project. It is in its fourth year and aims to showcase the work of Palestinian filmmakers and artists for audiences in Washington, DC and its surrounding areas. It is a unique festival in that the stories told ... Read More »
Omar, directed by Hany Abu-Assad. Palestine, 2013.
Omar, the most recent film by Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad (of Paradise Now fame), opens with a traversing of obstacles—a prefatory homage to the resilient Palestinian spirit. Exuding youthful vigor, the titular character scales the portion of the separation ... Read More »
D-CAF Festival, Qasr el-Nile Theater, Cairo
Yasmine Hamdan became known with Soapkills, the Arab indie band she founded in Beirut with fellow musician Zeid Hamdan in the nineties. Soapkills’ music quickly became the soundtrack to a vibrant, young arts scene which developed in postwar Lebanon, and ... Read More »