TANIA EL KHOURY: CULTURAL EXCHANGE RATE
Tania El Khoury is a multidisciplinary artist working with interactive performances and installations. She won several awards including the 2017 ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival Prize, the only international prize for live art creations. Her work is based on innovation and research, performed in unconventional spaces, ranging from national museums to a fisherman’s boat in the Mediterranean Sea. At the core of Tania El Khoury’s art is an encounter with the audience as co-creator. It confronts us through deep intimacy and explores the ethical and political potential of art. Her work is based on long-term research of archival, historical, and documentary materials such as oral history collection. It reveals issues such as state violence, the concentration of power, borders, gender politics, and the othering of people and communities. Cultural Exchange Rate builds on interviews made by Tania El Khoury with her late grandmother in the village of Akkar on the border between Lebanon and Syria. Cultural Exchange Rate is an archive into which ten viewers are invited to explore history marked by war survival, but at the same time by a river that ignores colonial and state borders. The cabinets and drawers are not only filled with paper that offers us knowledge of history and which we read from the viewpoint of the present, but they also reveal videos, sounds, smell, maps and a collection of devalued money.
Author: Tania El Khoury
Production Design: Petra Abousleiman
Research: Ziad Abu-Rish, May Haider, Mariam Saada, Alexander Mayagoitia
Sound Design: Fadi Tabbal
Graphic Design: Jana Traboulsi
Video Editing: Ali Beidoun
Cinematography: Luke Bryant & Tania El Khoury
Spanish Translation: Ziad Chakaroun
Archives: El Khoury Family Papers (Lebanon and Mexico); Archivo General de la Nación (México); SRE – Acervo Histórico Diplomático (México)
Originally produced by: Bard Fisher Center, Spielart Festival, Onassis Stegi
Tour produced by: Artsadmin
Local producer: Ajda Koloini
Photo by: Ziad Abu-Rish, Tania El Khoury
Interactive performance installation is in multiple languages with English subtitles.
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