Who: Maqamat

Where: Citerne.live & different cities across the Mediterranean

When: 25 - 29 May 2022

Mercat de Les Flors

CCNational de Grenoble
Sareyyet Ramallah
Maqamat Beit El Raqs
Maison de la Culture d'Amiens
Relais Culture Europe
Instutut Francais au Liban 

Acknowledging that the first gesture of architectural space is to welcome our human body by offering it a space to live in and a concept to live by, ‘Architecture of a Ruined Body’ questions the body in moments of crisis and disasters through curating a program of performances, short films, interviews, artistic residencies, and most importantly a series of talks and conversations with people, activists, artists, writers, philosophers and social researchers. ‘

The main concept will focus on questioning the body’s remaining possibilities, vulnerabilities, resilience or revolt, and simply its being in moments of catastrophe. We acknowledge that the World we live is in a phase of global transformation and change. After the shocking social, political, and health incidents of 2019 & 2020, it seems inevitable that culture is at the forefront to question and be questioned, to explore and be explored, to renew thought and be renewed. Furthermore, culture is expected to search for ways in order to break its hierarchy and rigid policies towards more openness and engagement. Architecture of a ruined body relates to a body searching for its space, environment, and shelter. It touches on everyday incidents and themes of violence, gender, color, race, inequality, and injustice.

‘Architecture of a Ruined Body’ comes as a result of questioning our concerns as artists and programmers and the relevance of the role of culture and its engagement. It started with the forced dismantling of Citerne Beirut, a cultural centre in the heart of the city, in August 2019, the political and economic collapse in Lebanon, followed by the Covid-19 global crisis, and finally the tragic explosion that destroyed half of the city of Beirut, killing and injuring thousands. All of these incidents together with news of unrest, demonstrations, unfortunate accidents, and inequality all over the World, proposes a question of our own architecture as humans in crisis, our thoughts and behaviour, reflections of reality and/or those of a destroyed one.