Trembling Landscapes

Between Reality and Fiction
Exhibition
19 September 2020 through 3 January 2021
The Disquiet, Ali Cherri (2013)

Landscape is a charged notion in the Middle East.* On the one hand, representations of landscape engage with a heady mix of national and natural borders, tussles over resources and territory, and (colonial) history. On the other hand, it is a rich source of identity, tradition and imagination.

Eye presents a group exhibition that explores landscape with some of the Arab world’s most prominent artists who work with film and video.

The artists relate to landscape in various ways. They do not shy away from interrogating how beauty, folklore, ideology, colonialism and violence are ingrained in how landscape is understood, conceptualised, visualised and imagined.

*The geographical term Middle East is not neutral, but Eurocentric and has its origin in colonialism.

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  • Ali Cherri, Trembling Landscapes, 2016 Courtesy of Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah

  • Basel Abbas en Ruanne Abou-Rahme, When the Fall of the Dictionary Leaves All Words Lying in the Street, 2015

  • Mohamad Hafeda, Sewing Borders, 2017

  • Jananne Al-Ani, Shadow Sites II, 2011

In this exhibition, the participating artists challenge and reshape views of the region by drawing on a host of complex and entangled issues, ranging from geography and conflict to belonging. Including works by Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou Rahme, Heba Y. Amin, Jananne Al-Ani, Ali Cherri, Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, Mohamad Hafeda, Larissa Sansour, Hrair Sarkissian, and Wael Shawky.

What binds these artworks together is that they explore landscape as a versatile trope for telling stories about the past, present and future, whether rooted in reality or fiction.

  • Hrair Sarkissian, Homesick, 2014

  • Wael Shawky, Al Araba al Madfuna II, 2013, Lisson Gallery

  • Larissa Sansour, Nation Estate, 2012

  • Ali Cherri, The Disquiet, 2013

The exhibition is accompanied by a programme of films, talks and other events.

 

The exhibition title is borrowed from Lebanese artist Ali Cherri’s series of lithographic prints Trembling Landscapes (2014-2016).

Curated by Nat Muller in collaboration with Jaap Guldemond and Marente Bloemheuvel.

Agenda

Tuesday, 29 Sep 2020

  • 19:15
    29 Sep 2020
    Trembling Landscapes
    special

    Memory, Exile, Travel: Errans

    special, NL 2020

    An evening that takes us from Beirut,  Lebanon’s Beqaa Valley, Gaza and Jerusalem to Spitsbergen,...

    introduction by Judith Naeff; Q&A with Mira Adoumier
  • 21:15
    29 Sep 2020
    Trembling Landscapes
    special

    Memory, Exile, Travel: Ouroboros

    special, NL 2020

    An evening that takes us from Beirut,  Lebanon’s Beqaa Valley, Gaza and Jerusalem to Spitsbergen,...

    introduction by Lara Khaldi; Q&A with Basma Alsharif

Thursday, 1 Oct 2020

  • 19:15
    1 Oct 2020
    Je veux voir
    film

    Je veux voir

    Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, LB 2008

    Iconic actress Catherine Deneuve plays herself in this road movie. In I Want to See she is...

Thursday, 8 Oct 2020

Tuesday, 13 Oct 2020

Tuesday, 20 Oct 2020

  • 17:15
    20 Oct 2020
    Trembling Landscapes
    special

    Terra Infirma: Infiltrators

    special, NL 2020

    A compelling documentary on the day-to-day trials Palestinians are subjected to when trying to find...

    introduction by Sheyma Buali (in English)
  • 19:15
    20 Oct 2020
    Trembling Landscapes
    special

    Terra Infirma: Taste of Cement

    special, NL 2020

    Syrian construction workers in exile are torn between two places: their bombed-out homes in Syria and...

    introduction by Sheyma Buali (in English)
  • 21:30
    20 Oct 2020
    Trembling Landscapes
    special

    Terra Infirma: Amussu

    special, NL 2020

    Moroccan villagers rise up against Africa’s biggest silver mine, using music, film and theatre as a...

    introduction by Sheyma Buali (in English)

Wednesday, 21 Oct 2020

  • 19:15
    21 Oct 2020
    Trembling Landscapes
    film

    Everyday Life in a Syrian Village

    Omar Amiralay, SY 1976

    Documentary maker Omar Amiralay has always been a major critic of the agricultural and land reforms of...

    with introduction (in English)

Friday, 23 Oct 2020

  • 19:15
    23 Oct 2020
    Trembling Landscapes
    film

    Those Who Remain

    Eliane Raheb , AE 2016

    Farmer Haykal tries to run a farm and restaurant near the Lebanese-Syrian border as best he can. There...

Sunday, 1 Nov 2020

  • 19:15
    1 Nov 2020
    Trembling Landscapes
    film

    Taste of Cement

    Ziad Kalthoum, LB 2017

    Syrian construction workers in exile are torn between two places: their bombed-out homes in Syria and...

Tuesday, 3 Nov 2020

Sunday, 8 Nov 2020

Tuesday, 10 Nov 2020

  • 19:15
    10 Nov 2020
    Trembling Landscapes
    special

    Green Revolutions: Jumana Manna

    special, NL 2020

    An evening taking us across continents from Beirut, Lebanon’s Beqaa Valley, Gaza, and Jerusalem, to...

    introduction by Christian Henderson (in English)
  • 21:15
    10 Nov 2020
    Trembling Landscapes
    special

    Green Revolutions: Omar Amiralay

    special, NL 2020

    The people of a rural Syrian village are misled by their government into thinking that chicken farming...

    lecture by Wael Kadlo (in English)

Wednesday, 11 Nov 2020

  • 19:15
    11 Nov 2020
    Trembling Landscapes
    film

    Those Who Remain

    Eliane Raheb , AE 2016

    Farmer Haykal tries to run a farm and restaurant near the Lebanese-Syrian border as best he can. There...

Friday, 13 Nov 2020

  • 19:15
    13 Nov 2020
    Amussu
    film

    Amussu

    Nadir Bouhmouch, MA 2019

    Moroccan villagers rise up against Africa’s biggest silver mine, using music, film and theatre as a...

Monday, 16 Nov 2020

  • 21:30
    16 Nov 2020
    Trembling Landscapes
    film

    Taste of Cement

    Ziad Kalthoum, LB 2017

    Syrian construction workers in exile are torn between two places: their bombed-out homes in Syria and...

Saturday, 12 Dec 2020

  • 19:15
    12 Dec 2020
    Amussu
    film

    Amussu

    Nadir Bouhmouch, MA 2019

    Moroccan villagers rise up against Africa’s biggest silver mine, using music, film and theatre as a...

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