The inaugural publication in the BAK Critical Readers in Artists’ Practice Series, Rabih Mroué: A BAK Critical Reader in Artists’ Practice examines the work of Mroué (born 1967), an actor, director, playwright, and artist based in Beirut, whose complex and diverse practice spans disciplines and formats such as music, performance, theater, and visual art. As one of the key artistic voices in Lebanon and beyond, Mroué’s work explores how varied modes of art can open up a space of possibility in connection to civic and political imagination.

With contributions by: Maaike Bleeker (art historian, Utrecht and Amsterdam); Keti Chukhrov(theorist, Moscow); Fadi El Abdallah (poet and jurist, The Hague); Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige (filmmakers, Beirut); Natasa Ilic (curator, Berlin); Bilal Khbeiz (artist and poet, Los Angeles); Anders Kreuger (curator and writer, Antwerp); Hila Peleg (curator and filmmaker, Berlin) & Stella Bruzzi (media theoretician, Warwick); Walid Raad (artist, New York); Jalal Toufic (artist and writer, Berlin); Kaelen Wilson-Goldie (art critic, Beirut); and Akram Zaatari (artist, Beirut).

Table of contents

A Conversation with Rabih Mroué
Cosmin Costinas, Maria Hlavajova, and Jill Winder

I Want to See
Anders Kreuger

Towards ‘Approximation
Hila Peleg and Stella Bruzzi

Starting All Over Again
Bilal Khbeiz

I Am Salah el Dine
Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige

Sous la direction
Walid Raad

Rabih Mroué: We Live in That Which We Can Steal from Time
Fadi El Abdallah

The Full Story of a Missing Employee
Akram Zaatari

I Am the Martyr Sanâ’ Yûsif Muhaydlî
Jalal Toufic

‘To Deserve’ the Event: On Rabih Mroué’s Poetics of Performing
Keti Chukhrov

The Body on Stage and Screen
Kaelen Wilson-Goldie

Performing the Image: Rabih Mroué’s Lecture-Performances
Maaike Bleeker

The Past Is Never Dead. It’s Not Even Past.
Natasa Ilic


Editors: Maria Hlavajova and Jill Winder
Associate Editor: Cosmin Costinas
Design: Kummer & Herrman, Utrecht
Published by: BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht and post editions, Rotterdam
Language: English
Pages: 260
ISBN: 978-90-77288-00-9
Price: € 24

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