Rabih Mroué series
Rabih Mroué was born in Beirut in 1967, where he trained in theatre and began directing and acting in his own productions in the nineties. As a result, he lived through the hardest moments of the war in the country, with episodes that directly affected his family. He demonstrates this in works that document Lebanon's destruction, questions the archives' role, and merge reality and fiction. In his stage and visual creations (Mroué has participated in the "Documenta" contemporary art exhibition in Kassel), personal memory is also political history.
RIDING ON A CLOUD
July 17 and 18 at Teatre Lliure - Espai Lliure
As the centrepiece of the cycle dedicated to Rabih Mroué in this edition of the Grec Festival de Barcelona, the public will have the opportunity to see a performance that, while it has been touring the world for years, has not yet been seen in the Catalan capital. The story he tells, which has much to do with the recent history of Lebanon, blends fact and fiction to tell the story of Rabih Mroué's brother, Yasser, who takes the stage with him to explain how a stray bullet pierced his neck and damaged brain functions related to memory.
SAND IN THE EYES
July 14 at the MACBA - Meier Auditorium
How is violence represented in Islamist propaganda films? What can we understand about the people who created them when we take a closer look at them? How are these videos treated in our societies? The Lebanese artist analyses this in a performance conference that is the first of the activities in the Focus Rabih Mroué cycle.
MAKE ME STOP SMOKING
July 12 at the Filmoteca de Catalunya
Sometimes we remember reality, and sometimes... we reconstruct it. Rabih Mroué uses newspaper clippings, eyewitness accounts, and other documentary materials to speak to us, in this performance conference, about Lebanon's lost landscape and question the validity of the archives that inform us.
July 13 at the Filmoteca de Catalunya
The Lebanese artist tests images' performative capacity by showing us different ways of working with archive material. Several short audiovisual clips by the author talk about acts that terrorise the population and about the filming of images that record the, two actions that, in English, are expressed using the same word: to shoot.
JE VEUX VOIR
July 15 and 18 at the Filmoteca de Catalunya
The landscape is the ruined territory of war-torn Lebanon. The eyes that "want to see" it are those of Catherine Deneuve, the iconic French actress, who travels with Rabih Mroué through a devastated country on a journey where the protagonists are the destruction caused by the attacks of the Israeli army, as well as the possibility of returning to beauty.
July 13 and 14 at Fabra i Coats
As part of the "Can Mamella" artistic training and research summer school, the artist will teach a workshop for artists and anyone interested in contemporary art and thinking.