Wagons Libres - Artist's talk

3346 Mal gesehen

Datum der Aufzeichnung: 26.10.2012

Ort: TQW / Studios



In 2000, Sandra Iché writes the story of L’Orient-Express, a Beirut-based francophone magazine from the 1990s, founded and directed by the historian and journalist Samir Kassir. Ten years later, she conducts a new series of interviews with the former contributors to the publi cation. This time, however, the interviewees adopt a method designed to prevent speech from reproducing the real, a real doomed by the »Arab misfortune«. Rather, the protocol of the encounters lends itself to fiction: the interviews take place in 2030, from where the past is remembered. By perpetuating chronologies, memory as a common space of nostalgia becomes a political and stylistic means of dislocating the present and of re-inventing its landscapes, its geo-political alliances and its modes of life.

As a dancer and historian she deconstructs the documentary apparatus where each element is deployed in single units – aural and visual archives, work notes, voice-over, testimony, framing and focus – and translates it into space. Thus she creates a performance pervaded by questions around the construction of history and our acts of narration.





REALISATION: Mary Chebbah, Ali Cherri, Virginie Colemyn, Gaël Chapuis, Renaud Golo, Sandra Iché, Lenaïg Le Touzé, Carol Mansour, Pascale Schaer, Vincent Weber

SUPPORTED BY: Nejmeddine Chebbah, le Collectif Zoukak et Carole Ammoun, Laure Deselys, Stéphanie Dujols, Gilbert Guillaumond, Franck Mermier, Alessandra Pasini, Jan Ritsema, le Lieues

PRODUCTION: Wagons Libres

COPRODUCTION: Les Halles de Schaerbeek, PACT Zollverein, Le Parc de La Villette, Les Subsistances

WITH SPECIAL THANKS to all interview partners: Hanane Abboud, Carmen Abou Jaoudé, Omar Amiralay, Médéa Azouri, Ahmad Beydoun, Omar Boustany, Melhem Chaoul, Nadine Chéhadé, Tamima Dahdah, Jabbour Douaihy, Claude Eddé, Antony Karam, Houda Kassatly, Charif Majdalani, Ziad Majed, Alexandre Medawar, Rasha Salti, Farès Sassine, Jade Tabet, Fawaz Traboulsi, Michael Young, Khaled Ziadeh


VIDEO DOCUMENTATION: Reinhard Sockel / Anselm Tröster


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