MAKE ME STOP SMOKING
Presentation of ideas under study
A non-academic lecture by Rabih Mroué
In "Make Me Stop Smoking", Mroué reconstructs the radical heterogeneous landscape of Lebanon, destroyed by crises and wars. He pieces together countless anonymous and personal documents, videos, photos, newspaper clippings and eyewitness reposts, to create a complex system of meandering narrations.
The veracity and cogency of the archive documents is questioned; the artist negotiates the validity of the reconstruction of “reality”. What happens when a lost landscape is reappropriated through its archived representation?
Rabih Mroué. Born in Beirut and currently living in Berlin, Mroué is a theatre director, actor, visual artist and playwright. He is the co-founder of the Beirut Art Center (BAC), and a contributing editor for TDR/ The Drama Review. He has performed and exhibited internationally including dOCUMENTA (13), MoMa and Centre Pompidou.