Video Dialogue: Tales of New Beginnings

Please join us on Friday, November 28, 2014, 7:00 p.m. for the opening of our upcoming show:

Video Dialogue: Tales of New Beginnings

Exhibition: November 29 – December 07, 2014

Opening hours: Friday – Sunday 4 – 7 p.m.


Randa Maddah: Light Horizon (2012) / Maryam Samaan: La ville amoureuse (2013)


In times of war, conflict and social upheaval, stories of people being forced into exile abound, people obliged to leave their homes and belongings and settle in new surroundings, facing insecurity and an unsure future. And yet, even under such troubled conditions, people strive to cope with the daily challenges and achieve a certain amount of normality.
The video dialogue “Tales of New Beginnings” will show the work of two young Syrian artists: Two reflections of life in surreal circumstances. Free from any sugarcoating, they offer us a poetic reflection on that particular human capacity for adaptation and endurance.

La ville amoureuse_Klein

About the artists:

Randa Madda

Randa Maddah was born in 1983 in Majdal Shams, in the occupied Golan. She studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Damascus and has participated in exhibitions in Syria and abroad. Sie is a founding member of the Fateh al-Mouddares Center in the Golan, a center fro art and culture that organizes artistic activities for children and support the artistic life in the Golan.

Light Horizon (2012)

A young woman is pursuing her daily household tasks in disturbing surroundings.

Maryam Samaan

Maryam Samaan was born in Damascus and lives in Rennes, France. She studied scenography in Damascus and Rennes and performance art in Paris. Her works has been shown on numerous events in support of the peaceful uprising in Syria.

La ville amoureuse (2013)

A poetic video, punctuated by quotes from Georges Perecs text „L’homme qui dort“ (The man who sleeps) that leads us into a nostalgic and romantic ballad.

The video dialogue “Tales of New Beginnings” takes place in the frame of the FORUM for new arab art. The FORUM is an ongoing, interdisciplinary project that seeks to follow new developments and approaches in contemporary visual practice in the Arab countries. It presents a series of events throughout the year, such as exhibitions, video and film screenings, performances and artists’ talks.

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