Armen Avanessian & Enemies #15: Death Karaoke
Roter Salon, Discourse, in English, 8/6 €
With: Monira Al Qadiri & Raed Yassin
Living in times of global uncertainty and shifting realities, the project aims to create an accompaniment to the age of shared melancholia. Sifting through the relationship of sadness and the city, destruction and nomadism, Monira Al Qadiri and Raed Yassin create a performance in which ancient lamentation hymns are transmitted through a Karaoke machine. Darkness, ominous voices, jolts of pain and screams, and a general sense of morose: it promises to be a cathartic evening.
Monira Al Qadiri is a Kuwaiti visual artist born in Dakar, Senegal and educated in Japan. In 2010, she received a Ph.D. in inter-media art from Tokyo University of the Arts, where her research was focused on the aesthetics of sadness in the Middle-East stemming from poetry, music, art and religious practices. Her work explores unconventional gender identities, petro-cultures and their possible futures, as well as the legacies of corruption. She is also part of the artist collective GCC.
Raed Yassin (born 1979, Beirut) lives and works in Beirut. He graduated from the Theatre Department of the Institute of Fine Arts in Beirut in 2003, and in 2015 he was awarded a research fellowship at the Akademie der Künste der Welt in Cologne. An artist and musician, Yassin's work often originates from an examination of his personal narratives and their position within a collective history, through the lens of consumer culture and mass production. One of the organisers of Irtijal Festival — Beirut's experimental contemporary music festival — Yassin has released several music albums and founded the production company Annihaya in 2009. He is also a founding member of Atfal Ahdath, a Beirut-based art collective.