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Exhibition opening: Past Disquiet

06 Jul, 2018 

The Sursock Museum and the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) are pleased to invite you to the opening of:


Past Disquiet
Curated by Kristine Khouri and Rasha Salti
Special Exhibitions Hall, Level -2
Thursday 26 July 2018 from 18:00 to 21:00
The exhibition will be on view until 24 September 2018


Past Disquiet is a documentary and archival exhibition centered on research conducted into and around the story of the International Art Exhibition for Palestine, which opened in the spring of 1978 at the Beirut Arab University. The size and scope of the exhibition were unprecedented for the region, and yet it seems to have eclipsed from art historical narratives and texts. The investigation led to other marginal histories of “museums-in-exile,” contemporary to the International Art Exhibition for Palestine, such as the Museo Internacional de la Resistencia Salvador Allende, Art Contre/Against Apartheid, and Art pour le peuple du Nicaragua . The reconstructed story of the exhibition has traced complex and sometimes intersecting networks, as well as a rarely explored history of politically engaged artists mobilized in different modes around the seminal causes inscribed in the tri-continental international anti-imperialist solidarity movement of the 1970s, such as the opposition to against the Vietnam War, the rejection of the Pinochet dictatorship, the Apartheid regime in South Africa, and in support of the Palestinian struggle.


Past Disquiet displays, mediates, and incarnates themes and questions that have guided the curators’ research, using montaged video of archival material and film as well as contemporary interviews and writing, in addition to reproductions of documents. It maps constellations of artists and collectives bound by political affiliations and solidarities, beginning with solidarity with Palestine and expanding to the rest of the world.


The first version of the exhibition was produced by the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) in 2015, and the second version by the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) in Berlin in 2016. The third Spanish-language version was produced by the Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende (MSSA), and presented in the spring of this year. This present edition was coproduced by the Sursock Museum and Lucid, and with support from the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC).


Research for Past Disquiet was made possible thanks to the support of Rana Sadik and Samer Younis, the Sharjah Art Foundation, the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC), ZedGrant, the A. M. Qattan Foundation, Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende (MSSA), Tensta Konsthall, Muzeum Sztuki Nowoczesnej Warszawie, tranzit (Budapest), and the Institut national de l’histoire de l’art.


All editions of Past Disquiet have been designed by Studio Safar, and video documents have been conceived with Vartan Avakian and Mohanad Yaqubi.

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