Sumac Space

Dialogues Exhibitions About Artists' rooms


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  • “The 3-Day Effect”: Rana ElNemr in Conversation with Esraa Elfeky
  • Sara Sallam–On Seeing, Searching, and the Book “Let My Eyes Have a Glimpse of You”
  • The New Gods: Srđan Tunić in Conversation with Omar Houssien
  • Floating on a Surface of Words, and Never Drowned in Its Meaning–A Lecture Performance by Mohamed Abdelkarim
  • Frames Cracked by Lines of Doubt–A Trialogue
  • Of Cities and Private Living Rooms: Huda Takriti in Conversation with Huda Takriti
  • Between research, perspectives, and artworks: Farzaneh Abdoli in Conversation with Ahoo Maher
  • Plants, Language and Politics: Victoria DeBlassie in Conversation with Alaa Abu Asad
  • Noor Abuarafeh–On “Observational Desire on a Memory that Remains”
  • Azita Moradkhani–Interwoven Drawings. On Storytelling, Body Images and the Uncertainties of History
  • Ruth Patir–Cross-temporal Reflections on Womanhood
  • On Ongoing–A Series of Five Artist Conversations [Video Recordings]
  • Jafra Abu Zoulouf–Poetic Repetitions Towards an Affirmation of Existence
  • Joana Kohen–I Grow My Own Peace in a World of Utter Alienation
  • Parisa Aminolahi–Living in the Moment Post-Cinematically
  • History/Image: National Memory Beyond Nationalism
  • Navid Azimi Sajadi–Beneath the Surface
  • Nilbar Güreş–The Semantic Diversity of Material
  • Elmira Abolhassani–Mirroring the Real
  • Elham Rokni–On Looking into the Cracks in Identity
  • Camila Salame–A Garden of Tongues
  • Taha Heydari–Painting as Thinking Act
  • Christine Kettaneh–Language as Source and Subject
  • Farzaneh Hosseini–On the Challenges of Being an Artist
  • Anahita Razmi–Speaking Nearby Iran
  • Benji Boyadgian–The Investigation of Material as an Archive
  • On Ongoing–A Series of Five Artist Conversations [Video Recordings]

    On Ongoing is a series of conversations that took place in conjunction with the first three exhibitions Present Continuous, Past Continuous, and Present Imperfect. Sumac Space brought the artists together in new constellations and elaborated on their connection to the core questions addressed in these digital exhibitions.

    What connects the works in the three exhibitions is an artistic practice that marks a tension by interrogating and recasting everyday objects and events to draw out their relationships to contemporary experience in a landscape of successive social and political change. Apart from the imminent need to consider the historical context out of which this current state of affairs has emerged, the chosen works reflect on contemporaneity as a concept that captures the frictions of the present.


    Nat Muller in conversation with Wafa Hourani (Bahrain), Anahita Razmi (Berlin) and Jafra Abu Zoulouf (Haifa)


    Neil van der Linden in conversation with Timo Nasseri (Berlin), Navid Azimi Sajadi (Rome) and Ruth Patir (Tel Aviv)


    Başak Şenova in conversation with Benji Boyadgian (Jerusalem), Elmira Abolhassani (Lisbon) and Majd Alloush (Dubai)


    Amanda Abi Khalil in conversation with Camila Salame (Paris) and Christine Kettaneh (Beirut)


    Christine Bruckbauer in conversation with Azita Moradkhani (New York), Farzaneh Hosseini (Tehran) and Maya Perry (Tel Aviv)


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