Rabih Mroué

Sand in the Eyes

Cinemateket USF
USF Verftet, Georgernes verft 12, 5011 Bergen Map

At 18:00

In English. Duration approximately 65 min

Rabih Mroué explores the image politics of ISIS videos in contrast with videos shot by drones. On the basis of research material comprising recruiting videos secured by the officers of the German Intelligence Services, Mroué asks not only what these videos reveal about their producers or the videos’ capacity to document killing, but also questions the politics inherent in dealing with these videos from the point of view of the state and society.

Rabih Mroué

Rabih Mroué is a theatre director, actor, visual artist and playwright. Rooted in theatre, his work includes videos and installation art; the latter sometimes incorporates photography and texts. Mroué is a contributing editor of TDR/The Drama Review. He is also a co-founder of the Beirut Art Center (BAC). He was a fellow at The International Research Center: Interweaving Performance Cultures, Freie Universität, Berlin (2012–14). He is an associated theatre director at Münchner Kammerspiele. He has performed and exhibited internationally, including at MoMA, New York (2015); SALT Galata and SALT Beyoğlu, Istanbul (2014); CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid (2012–13); dOCUMENTA (13); ICP Triennial of Photography and Video, International Center of Photography, New York (2010); and Centre Pompidou, Paris (2007); among others.

Mroué’s works include Kill the audience (2018), So Little Time (2017), Sand in the Eyes (2017), Rima Kamel (2017), Ode to joy (2015), Riding on a cloud (2013), 33 rpm and a few seconds (2012), The pixelated revolution (2012), The inhabitants of images (2008), Who’s afraid of representation? (2005). He was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and currently lives in Berlin.

Director: Rabih Mroué
Written and presented by Rabih Mroué
Collaboration Research: Andrea Geißler
Translation to English: Ziad Nawfal
Translation to German: Lisa Wegener
Subtitles: Yvonne Griesel
Assistant: Petra Serhal
Special thanks to: Maria Magdalena Ludewig, Lina Majdalanie and Bilal Khbeiz

Sand in the Eyes was produced by Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, as part of the project 100 Years of Now, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media in Germany. Co-production with the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden.

The presentation in Bergen has received funding from City of Bergen.
Volt’s programme in 2019 has received funding from Arts Council Norway, City of Bergen, Hordaland County Council (KUP) and Public Art Norway (URO).

Photo: Joachim Dette

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