Mondial 2010 & A Spectacle Of Privacy

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Images Festival and A Space Gallery are proud to present,

Mondial 2010 & A Spectacle of Privacy
Artist Roy Dib
Essay by Keli Safia Maksud

Exhibition runs April 5 – May 7, 2016
Opening reception at A Space Gallery Thursday, April 14, 5-8 PM

In the North American premiere of Beirut-based artist Roy Dib’s A Spectacle of Privacy (2014) and Mondial 2010 (2014), Dib uses present-day Middle Eastern laws to discuss institutional borders and the impossibility of representation. The relations between Israelis and Lebanese are governed by laws that forbid Lebanese interaction with nationals of enemy states, and prevents Lebanese citizens from traveling to Israel (or to Palestinian Territories). Mondial 2010 centers on a Lebanese gay couple as they take a road trip to Ramallah. Dib uses video as an apparatus to transgress boundaries, making Mondial 2010 a travel film in a trajectory that does not allow travel, starring two male lovers, in a setting where homosexuality is a punishable felony. Moving from the outside in, A Spectacle of Privacy takes place within the interior of a bedroom. As the outside world continues to bleed into conversations, the futility of intentions toward collective understanding, and the need for intimacy and privacy come to a head. Together, Mondial 2010 and A Spectacle of Privacy normalize the abnormal, and by doing so create their own universe of possibility.

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