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Nadi al-Sinama in Damascus, or when Cinema Wielded Power to Threaten the Social Order

Spring 2008 | ArteZine

Rasha Salti interviews Omar Amiralay.   How did the ciné-club begin? It was founded in 1952 by a man whose name was Dr. Haddad, if my memory serves me right, he was a French-language professor at the university. The Damascus Ciné-club was instituted to show films to catholic schools students, in other words, it was […]

What to Do With the Mobility Fetish: Notes for Future Artist Residencies

Winter 2012 | ArteZine

There was a time when we weren’t taking artist-in-residence programs seriously enough. But the political map of the world is changing; as funding for art shifts, we find ourselves in a moment where rethinking residencies is necessary. Museums, galleries and public spaces all underwent a significant reformulation of their concepts, histories, limitations and potentialities. Now […]

In Saudi Arabia, Ciné-clubs Are Struggles of the Present

Spring 2008 | ArteZine

Daikha Dridi interviews Abdallah Eyyaf, filmmaker, founder of an itinerant ciné-club in Saudi Arabia. Abdallah el-Eyyaf, a mere thirty-years old, is a mechanical engineer at Aramco. He is also a filmmaker and soldiering on for the establishment of a ciné-club in Riyadhh. He, along with some forty fellow passionate cinephiles, succeeded in presenting publicly and […]

Artist Interview: Ahmad Hosni

Winter 2012 | ArteZine

Ahmad Hosni was among the first group of resident artists at Dar Al-Ma’mûn (DAM) in 2010-11.  This transcript is an excerpt of a conversation between Carleen Hamon and Julien Amicel, co-directors of Dar Al-Ma’mûn (DAM), with photographer Ahmad Hosni who was among their first group of resident artists in 2010-11. DAM: Could you tell us about your background […]

The Story of Constantine’s Ciné-Club, a Cinema to Claim their Own

Spring 2008 | ArteZine

Daikha Dridi interviews Chafia Djemame, founder of the Women’s Ciné-club in Constantine, Algeria. While barely in her thirties, when Chafia Djemame founded the Women’s Ciné-club with friends from Algerian universities, they were surrounded by young women so young they affectionately referred to her and group of friends as middle-aged. From Jijel, an eastern port city, […]

Residency as Refuge: freeDimensional – An Experiment In Organizational Social Practice

Winter 2012 | ArteZine

freeDimensional works with the global arts community to identify and redistribute resources, and support meaningful relationships between art spaces and activists. freeDimensional delivers services that connect arts residencies and human rights organizations to demonstrate and share a specific method, both as an example of discrete utility and a model of dissemination that may guide other […]

Extra-Territoriality in the Middle East – Open Anthology

Summer 2010 | ArteZine

For the longest time we have thought of extra-territoriality as a designated space or status that lies outside territorial boundaries and either benefits or suffers from the suspension of jurisdiction overruling the national territory. Embassies, refugee camps, free trade zones are a few cases in point. In recent years, the number and genres of extraterritorial […]

In the 1970s, the Entirety of World Cinema with Leftist Coloring Passed through Algiers

Spring 2008 | ArteZine

Daikha Dridi interviews Saïd Benmerad, founder and director of several ciné-clubs in Algiers. From Algiers, where he continues to teach literature at the university, Saïd Benmerad revisits the singular world of ciné-clubs that prevailed in the years that followed the Algerian revolution. He was twenty years old, a cinephile and militant on the extreme left […]

Baghdad Offline

Spring 2010 | ArteZine

I probably made the right decision to rescue my family from the infernal sectarianism and hate that prevail in our society. I heard that the house where my family and I used to live was burned by the militias a few months after leaving the country. I heard many stories from my neighborhood; frightening stories. […]

Olympic Garden

Spring 2010 | ArteZine

The “Olympic Garden” is a 7 minute long 3-channel loop of still photographs, text & sound. Script: Channel B Located behind ‘The Egyptian Olympic Centre’, on the amorphous line separating the upper middle class neighborhood of New Maadi and the Arab Al-Basateen informal area, ‘The Olympic Centre Garden’ has come to replace ’Al-Ahram Coop Complex’, […]

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