The subversive Syrian artist trio Fehras Publishing Practices bring high art and popular culture together in a lively karaoke experience.
The tunes of major pop artists are consumed globally, present in concert halls, bedrooms and karaoke bars. Arab cultural institutions are increasingly publishing bilingual catalogues, newsletters, symposia and curatorial texts. The Arab language is entering a globalised institutional art discourse and has become an active player alongside English, French and German as a key world language. But how accessible is art and its publications?
Fehras Publishing Practices have selected poignant texts from their growing archive of bilingual publications and set them to popular tunes by artists such as Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Destiny’s Child and Roberta Flack. Watch them sing their heart out, bringing the melodrama and ecstasy of power ballads to highbrow art texts. You can even jump on stage and stretch your vocal chords!
Running on a loop over the evening, Lip Sing for your Art! is an irreverent, live, fun gig which complements the collective’s exhibition, Borrowed Faces: Future Recall at Mosaic Rooms. Fehras Publishing Practices (Sami Rustom, Omar Nicolas and Kenan Darwich) is an artist collective founded in 2015 in Berlin.
It researches the history and presence of publishing and its entanglement in the socio-political and cultural sphere in the Eastern Mediterranean, North Africa and the Arab diaspora.
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