Stories of Refuge
An installation by Tania El Khoury
Jan 13 - Jan 31, 2020
Gallery Hours: M-F 9am-5pm
“As Far As My Fingertips Take Me”
An intimate, one-to-one performance piece created by El Khoury that will intermittently share the gallery space, presented in conjunction with UMS.
Friday, January 24 thru Sunday, February 2, performances take place every 15 minutes from 4-9 pm weekdays and 12-5 pm weekends. Tickets should be purchased in advance at https://tickets.ums.org/4613.
Since the beginning of the Syrian revolution in 2011, Syrian refugees have been fleeing the brutal regime in search of safe haven. Munich, Germany, is one of the cities many Syrian refugees land after crossing unofficial borders through different European countries. Lebanese artist Tania El Khoury, and her art collective Dictaphone Group, collaborated with a group of Syrian refugees who had recently arrived in Munich. El Khoury gave each of these participants/collaborators a discreet camera for a day, their only instructions being to film their daily lives in Munich. Together they produced three videos, presented in this installation and viewed from bunk bed barracks in the gallery.
Tania El Khoury is a contemporary artist whose work focuses on audience interactivity and is concerned with the ethical and political potential of such encounters. She creates installations and performances in which the audience is an active collaborator. Tania’s work has been translated into multiple languages and shown in 32 countries across 6 continents in spaces ranging from museums to cable cars. She is a 2019 Soros Art Fellow and the recipient of the Bessies Outstanding Production Award, the International Live Art Prize, the Total Theatre Innovation Award, and the Arches Brick Award. Tania holds a PhD from Royal Holloway, University of London. Her research and publications focus on the political potential of interactive live art. Tania is currently a festival guest curator at Fisher Center Bard College. She is associated with Forest Fringe collective of artists in the UK and is a co-founder of Dictaphone Group in Lebanon, a research and performance collective aiming at questioning our relationship to the city, and redefining its public space.