Rabih Mroué, Leap into the Void, 2006-2011, Photography, text, Courtesy the artist
and Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut / Hamburg
Photo: Olaf Pascheit
Rabih Mroué has been awarded the 2020 Schering Stiftung Award for Artistic Research (with support from the State of Berlin).
Rabih Mroué is a Berlin-based actor, director, playwright, visual artist, and a contributing editor for The Drama Review and the quarterly Kalamon. He is also a co-founder and a board member of the Beirut Art Center and a long time collaborator with Ashkal Alwan, who have produced many of his performances. He is currently an associate director of Kammerspiele Munich.
His complex and diverse practice, spanning different disciplines and formats in between theater, performance, and visual arts, has established Mroué as a key figure in a new generation of artistic voices in Lebanon. Employing both fiction and in-depth analysis as tools for engaging with his immediate reality, Mroué explores the responsibilities of the artist in communicating with an audience in given political and cultural contexts. His works deal with issues that have been swept under the rug in the current political climate of Lebanon, connected to the enduring marks left by the Lebanese Civil War as well as more recent political events like the Arabic Spring and the Syrian Revolution.
He has had solo exhibitions at Kunsthalle Mainz (2016); MoMA New York (2015); Kunsthalle Mulhouse (2015); SALT, Istanbul (2014); Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid (2013); documenta (13), Kassel (2012); Kunstverein Stuttgart (2011); and BAK, Utrecht (2010). He has participated in major group exhibitions at Kunsthaus Bregenz (2020); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2019); the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston (2018); Museo Jumex, Mexico City (2018); Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2017); MACBA, Barcelona (2015); Performa 09, New York (2009); 11th International Istanbul Biennial (2009); Queens Museum of Art, New York (2009); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2008); and Tate Modern, London (2007). His works are in the collections of the MoMA New York, Centre Pompidou Paris, SFMOMA San Francisco, the Art Institute of Chicago, CA2M Madrid, MACBA Barcelona, and the Van Abbe Museum Rotterdam, among others.
Every two years, the Schering Stiftung honors international artists: The Award for Artistic Research is endowed with 15,000 euro and awarded in cooperation with KW Institute for Contemporary Art.Learn more
Charlotte Klonk studied art history at the Universities of Hamburg and Cambridge. After completing her dissertation, she was a Junior Research Fellow at Christ Church College, Oxford University, and a lecturer at the University of Warwick. Since 2011, she has been professor of art history at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin.Close
Isabel de Sena is a Berlin-based independent curator and currently a PhD candidate in practice-based research at the University of Reading School of Art.
Her recent work includes projects at FACT Liverpool, Art Laboratory Berlin, European Media Arts Festival (EMAF), Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin, Barbican Centre London, transmediale Berlin, Migros Museum Zurich, and Pasadena Arts Council L.A. Isabel has lectured at California Institute of the Arts and School of Art Kassel, and is currently lecturer at NODE Center for Curatorial Studies and Zurich Academy of the Arts (ZHdK). She is currently Curatorial Advisor for the artistic research project "MORPH" at the Museum of the Science History Institute, Philadelphia.
Professor of art theory and art history at the Zurich University of the Arts. Since 2004 numerous research projects on artistic research and on art as a de-hierarchizing and feminist epistemic practice, 2018-2020 on the board of the Gesellschaft für künstlerische Forschung Deutschland.
Current research project Participatory Critique as Transforming and Transversal "With" within the framework of the research group: Media and Participation. Between Demand and Entitlement.
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