Contemporary Art Festival from the Arab World
Locus Agonistes: Practices and Logics of the Civic
Performances, Films, Lectures, Discussions
12–14 January 2012

Mosse-Lecture: Okwui Enwezor: “Civitas, Citizenship, Civility: Art and the Civic Imagination”
12 January 2012, 6 p.m.

Haus der Kulturen der Welt
John-Foster-Dulles Allee 10
10577 Berlin

A year after the beginning of the “Arab Spring”, this multi-disciplinary festival, curated by Okwui Enwezor is coming to Berlin on the third leg of its tour after stops in Beirut and Brussels, and is looking at the latest developments in the region. Meeting Points 6 takes up the current historical-political momentum and presents the artistic and social positions, that currently dominate discussions about social identities and political subjectivization. Meeting Points 6 is an open forum for emancipatory logic, new public spheres in civic society and artistic positions in both the Arab and western worlds. The three-day program includes contemporary performances, readings by writers and producers working both locally and internationally and discussions about “Civic Imagination” with international academics and intellectuals, a retrospective of the Syrian filmmaker Omar Amiralay (1944–2011) and documentaries of the revolutionary events of the past year.

With works by Mona Hatoum (LB/GE), Tarek Atoui (LB), Samah Hijawi (JO), Mohammad Al Attar (SY), Hafiz Dhaou and Aicha M’Barek (TN), Tony Chakar (LB), Radhouane El Meddeb (TN), Oussama Ghanam (SY), Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige (LB), David Hare (GB), Sandra Madi (JO), Omar Abusaada (SY), Selma and Sofiane Ouissi (TU/FR), Rasha Salti (LB) and a retrospective of films by Omar Amiralay (SY).
Conversations: Ahdaf Soueif (EG/GB), Akeel Bilgrami (US), Chantal Mouffe (BE), Okwui Enwezor (US/GE), Rahel Jaeggi (GE), Adania Shibli (PS/GE), Samah Selim (EG/US)

Team: Okwui Enwezor, Artistic Director, Tarek el Fetouh, Director Young Arab Theater Fund.
Katrin Klingan, Haus der Kulturen der Welt

Cooperation partners: Meeting Points 6, Young Arab Theatre Fund, Flemish Community, Europäische Kultur Stiftung, British Council, Anna Lindh Foundation, Andy Warhol Foundation, Ford Foundation, Allianz Cultural Foundation, Mosse-Lecture an der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Haus der Kulturen der Welt is supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media on the basis of a resolution adopted by the German Parliament as well as by the Federal Foreign Office.

Photo credits: Mona Hatoum, “The Negotiating Table,” Performance 1983.