Mon 3 July 2017, 6.45pm
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From the Oscars to the UK’s theatre landscape and museums’ exhibition programmes, gender equality is a widely debated topic in the national and international discourse of culture.
International Equality hears from a number of female Arab artists appearing in Shubbak. Spanning different artforms, they speak about the creative impulses behind their work and what issues they face in the process of creating and presenting new works.
Chaired by film maker Maysoon Pachachi (Iraq/UK), the discussion includes writer Rasha Abbas (Syria/Holland), actor & singer Norah Krief (France), visual artist Dana Awartani (Palestine/Saudi Arabia) and film maker Hala Alabdalla (Syria/France).
Displaced Syrian author Rasha Abbas is currently based in Germany. A contributor to Syria Speaks (Saqi Books, 2014), her recent book Die Erfindung der deutschen Grammatik (The Invention of German Grammar) is about accidentally getting involved in the avant-garde art scene and learning German from hipsters.
Actress and singer Norah Krief has worked with many theatre writers and directors. In 2005, she was awarded the prestigious Molière award for Best Supporting Actress and recently appeared at the Barbican in Phèdre(s) by Krzysztof Warlikowski as part of LIFT.
Dana Awartani graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins, London and a Master’s in Traditional Arts at the Princes School, London. Specialising in geometry as well as illumination, tile-work and parquetry, Awartani’s work explores the relationship between geometry and nature, as well as how truths can be translated through art using geometric principles, visualising a sacred language through a symbolic and multi-layered aesthetic.
Hala Alabdalla is a Syrian cinematographer and director. She currently lives in Paris and is known for her film Je suis celle qui porte les fleurs vers sa tombe (I Am She who Brings the Flowers to her Grave) Comme si nous attrapions un cobra (As If We Were Catching a Cobra), and Farouk, Besieged Like Me, which screens at Shubbak Festival 2017.
Maysoon Pachachi is a London-based filmmaker of Iraqi origin. She is the Chair of Shubbak Festival
Presented in partnership with Institut français du Royaume Uni as part of its series Women Shaping the World.