"Tell me what matter was the ground" – Repair Beyond Redemption, part 1

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Detailed Program:

Friday 28 June 2019 – silent green, Kuppelhalle


6pm - Sakiya – Art/ Science / Agriculture (Sahar Qawasmi)

Film Feld Forschung invited Sahar Qawasmi and Nida Sinnokrot the founders of Sakiya - Art/Science/Agriculture to share their work. Sakiya aims at bridging fading local traditions of self-sufficiency with contemporary ecological practices. Through integrating farming and agrarian heritage into the fabric of contemporary arts and sciences, both sectors can be enriched, challenging the class divide between urban and rural. By reviving architectural and agricultural practices Sakiya actively responds to situated matters of the ground on many levels. Sakiya's interdisciplinary residency and educational program offers a place and time for sharing, akin to the constitution of plant guilds. 

8pm - Shifting Ground. The Underground is not the past (Lara Khaldi, Inas Halabi and Haytham el-Wardany)

„Shifting Ground: The Underground Is Not the Past" was an off-site event for the Sharjah Biennial 13: Tamawuj and took place in Ramallah in August 2017. Conceived by curator Lara Khaldi, the program featured lectures, performances, and the launch of nine artists' books, dealing with issues relating to the earth, to burial, to death and to museums in occupied territories. The five-part publication ‚Lions Warn of Futures Present' by Inas Halabi attempts to capture and represent the ungraspable threat of radiation, both natural and manmade. Many stories are told about illegal burials of chemical waste in the south of the West Bank. Much like radiation, the stories and rumours around these burials permeate and spread. Through a combination of stories and visual material, the publication considers the material effect of radiation, which is not as invisible as one imagines. After her presentation Inas Halali will be in conversation with Haytham el-Wardany.


Nida Sinnokrot, Co-Founder of Sakiya. As an artist, much of Nida Sinnokrot's work aims to subvert various technologies of control that give rise to shifting social, political and geographic instabilities. Nida Sinnokrot received his BA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MFA from Bard College. In 2001 he participated the Independent Study Program of the Whitney Museum of American Art. Nida Sinnokrot is a 2002 Rockefeller Foundation Media Arts Fellow. His work has received support from Darat al Funun, Akademie Schloss Solitude, the Merz Akademie, the Sharjah Biennial, and the Al Mamal arts centre. His works featured in exhibitions including the Sharjah Biennial (2017 and 2009), Taipei Biennial (2016), Tea with Nefertiti (2012/14), and Biennial Cuvée – World Selection of Contemporary Art (2010). Nida's work is in various collections including the Sharjah Art Foundation and the Khalid Shoman Foundation. Nida lives and works in Jerusalem and Boston and teaches in the Art Culture and Technology (ACT) program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Sahar Qawasmi, Co-Founder of Sakiya, worked as an architect restorer, planner, and cultural heritage expert with Riwaq, Center for Engineering and Planning, and other local and private institutions. In 2012, Sahar coordinated the first edition of Qalandiya International, and co-wrote the first of Riwaq's Re-Walk Heritage Guidebook Series. In 2016, she co-curated the Ramallah Municipality's exhibition for Qalandiya International III. She was an architecture fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany in 2014-2015. Sahar received her BA in Architecture from Birzeit University and her Master in Architecture from Miami University.

Lara Khaldi is an independent curator who works with fiction as a genre and way to transcend time and space. She explores colonial issues, the dystopian present and the impossibilities inherent in language and communication. Recently she has been focusing on forms of adaptation and reproductions of theatrical plays and historical exhibitions and ways to develop them into contemporary artistic projects and exhibitions. Khaldi has curated exhibitions in Palestine and internationally, including ékleipsis, A M Qattan Foundation, Ramallah (2017); Jumana Emil Abboud solo exhibition O Whale, Don't Swallow Our Moon, Qalandiya International 3, Ramallah (2016); Art Dubai Projects and residencies, Art Dubai, UAE (2015); Father, Can't You See I'm Burning? (with curatorial fellows), de Appel Arts Centre and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2014); The Lonely Crowd (with Reem Shilleh), Pianofabriek, Brussels (2014) and /s:in/ Festival for Video Art and Performance III, Ramallah (2012); and Gestures in Time (with Katya Garcia Anton), Jerusalem show 5 and 5th Riwaq Biennial (2012).  She has also participated in many Sharjah Art Foundation programmes, taking on the role of interlocutor and organiser for the Sharjah Biennial 13 off-site programme Shifting Ground, Ramallah (2017). Khaldi currently teaches art history and theory at the International Academy of Art, Palestine in Ramallah. 

Inas Halabi (b.1988, Palestine) uses video, sculpture and archival material to examine historical and political narratives of national identity, collective memory, myth-making and hierarchies of power. Her process is fundamentally research-based and she presents data and visual material, often with an interventionist component, in the form of installation. Halabi is a graduate of Goldsmiths, University of London (MFA) and the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem (BA). Her work has been shown in numerous national and international venues, most recently the 13th Sharjah Biennial's acclaimed offsite project, Shifting Ground. In 2016, Halabi was the A.M. Qattan Foundation's Young Artist of the Year and she has recently been awarded production grants from AFAC (Arab Fund for Arab Culture) and Mophradat. She currently lives and works between Palestine and the Netherlands. 

Haytham el-Wardany is a writer and translator, born in Cairo and currently living in Berlin. His interests at this time are the concept of truth and how it relates in the post-revolutionary context. His recent books are The Book of Sleep (2017, Alkarma Publishing House, Cairo) and How to Disappear (2013, Kayfa Ta Publications, Cairo/2018, Sternberg Press, Berlin/NY). 


Stoffwechsel is a project by Film Feld Forschung, organized within the framework of Archive außer sich, a project of Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art,  part of a cooperation with Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Staatliche Kunstsammlung Dresden and Pina Bausch Foundation, part of The New Alphabet, a HKW project, supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media due to a ruling of the German Bundestag.