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The Pixelated Revolution

by Rabih Mroué
non-academic lecture, 2012, 60’
Presented at the 16th edition of Lo schermo dell’arte, 2023
Produced by Berlin Documentary Forum – HKW/ Berlin, dOCUMENTA 13 Kassel, Spalding Gray Award 2010 (Performing Space 122, New York), The Andy Warhol Museum Pittsburgh, On the Boards Seattle, Walker Art Center Minneapolis. Subtitles curated by Laura Bevione for the Festival delle Colline Torinesi.
Thanks to Festival delle Colline Torinesi and Fondazione Teatro Emilia Romagna
In 2011, during the early stages of the Syrian revolution, Lebanese artist Rabih Mroué began collecting videos circulated on social media shot by civilians protesting against the regime of Bashar al-Assad. In The Pixelated Revolution, Mroué retrieves these images filmed by the protesters, for whom such videos represent, in some cases, the last testimony before being fatally struck by the regime. Many years later, with a civil war still ongoing, this non-academic lecture analyzes the role that our cell phone photos and videos play in documenting contemporary history. Mroué questions the relationship between the act of documenting the “here and now” and death, and how it is perceived by the rest of the world observing. Operating at the intersection of visual arts, theater, and history, the Lebanese artist offers alternative perspectives on events sometimes too distant to be understood or too close to be considered, providing the audience with a reflection on the aesthetics of violence.
Rabih Mroué (Libano, 1967, lives and works in Berlin) is a theater director, actor, visual artist and playwright, rooted in theater, his work includes videos and installation art.
His recent solo exhibitions include: Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg (2023); Kunsthal Extra City, Antwerp (2022-23); KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2022); Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut (2017); Kunsthalle Mainz (2016); SALT, Istanbul (2014); Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid (2013). Among the major group exhibitions: Kunsthalle Mainz (2022); Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah (2021); Kunsthaus Bregenz (2020); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2019) Museo Jumex, Mexico City (2018); Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2018); MoMA New York (2015); MACBA, Barcelona (2015); documenta 13, Kassel (2012); Performa 09, New York (2009).