Frankfurt-Beirut: A Performance by Ali Eyal

Don’t let the beautiful colors fool you, who would draw Goofy inside the rooms of grownups?

Duration: approx. 45 min.
Language: Arabic with English subtitles
Concept, installation, and performance: Ali Eyal
Co-produced by Frankfurt LAB, Mousonturm, and Goethe-Institut Lebanon
Production of Frankfurt-Beirut is organized in cooperation with Ashkal Alwan
Embroidery and tailoring: Diana Cantarey
There are criminals who commit unspeakable acts and yet lead innocent lives, since they are unable to picture what they’ve done. In this performative intervention, Iraqi artist Ali Eyal attempts to speak to these criminals’ conscience by infiltrating their private spaces. By way of a revengeful act, he paints the living room walls of his father’s murderer, No Name, with thousands of his victims’ faces, as well as the faces of those that remain missing, so as to expand the medium of drawing through performance. Eyal thus carves out a space between personal memory and collective history, all the while staging fictional encounters and ruminations on the Iraq war and its aftermaths. 

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