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WE DANCE, WE SMOKE, WE KISS

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This is a tale of a slicked wedding singer from the Gaza Strip who won Arab Idol.
This is a tale of joy blooming from a loosely defined region where nuances are overlooked and histories are simplified through the lenses of failure, conflict, and narrow aesthetic formulas.

This is a tale of strangers in strange lands, of non-native wanderers with attitude, of individuals who navigate the chasms between cultures and don’t care anymore about what Edward Said said.
« I’m telling you, if you don’t come now and bring Viagra for your father, I’ll go shame us all. »(1)
This is a tale of male thugs and of father tongues, of alternative imagination, of alchemical reactions, and of human intimacies.
This is a tale of dark humor and light spirit, of grooming of bodies and cars and carpets, of bifurcated gender relations, and of a “Global” South / “Middle” East / “non” West burdened with symbols and placed within the vacuums of loaded cardinal points.

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This is a tale of the familiar and the foreign, and of the unapologetically vernacular.
Un-a-po-lo-ge-tic.

This is a tale of sensuality.
This is a tale of cracking into the sidelines and cracking jokes.
This is the tale of Scheherazade in One Thousand and One Nights: a failure to amuse means kaput.

(1) Jumana Manna, Blessed, Blessed, Oblivion, 2010.

We Dance, We Smoke, We Kiss
Curated by Myriam Ben Salah
Sophia Al Maria, Meriem Bennani, Phil Collins, GCC, Kareem Lotfy, Tala Madani, Jumana Manna, Slavs & Tatars, Téléramadan
Fahrenheit, LA
Through December 10

OTHER TIPS
Blood In My Milk is the title of a new film and sound installation by Marianna Simnett, conceived for the artist’s first institutional solo exhibition in the US. New Museum, New York
Indipendenza, Rome
Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld
Portikus, Frankfurt
Sprüth Magers, London
Emalin, London
The exhibition seeks to excavate, connect, and understand the extensive range of her techniques, media, and subject-matter, bringing them together cohesively for the first time on a museum platform. Major solo survey dedicated to pioneering feminist artist Judy Chicago at ICA Miami
Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna