EVENINGSWITH WHW AKADEMIJA
06/07 AT 5 PM CET
Following more than a year of anti-regime protests and mobilizations, economic and financial turmoil, and an ongoing pandemic, this talk by Christine Tohmé traces Ashkal Alwan’s institutional adaptation to the context which it is currently operating from. Focusing in particular on Home Workspace Program, Ashkal Alwan’s 10-month arts study program, launched in 2011 and now concluding its tenth edition through an open format, Tohme will situate and consider the role and function of alternative pedagogies and transnational exchanges amidst crisis, as well as examine the ways in which the institution has refigured its civic and artistic engagement with notions of publicness and community.
Christine Tohmé is the Founding Director of Ashkal Alwan, the Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts, established in Beirut in 1993. Ashkal Alwan is a non-profit organisation committed to contemporary artistic practice, research, and modes of study. Tohmé curated the 13th Sharjah Biennial, Tamawuj (2017), which comprised of exhibitions and a public programme in two acts in Sharjah and Beirut; a year-long education programme in Sharjah; satellite projects in Dakar, Ramallah, Istanbul and Beirut; and an online publishing platform. She is on the boards of Afterall: A Journal of Art, Context and Enquiry and Haven for Artis, a Beirut-based non-profit organization. She has received the UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture (2018); CCS Bard Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence (2015) and a Prince Claus Award (2006).
This program is presented as part of the collaborative project Communities of Learning, Bridging the Gap of Isolation, initiated by WHW and supported by the Culture of Solidarity Fund of the European Cultural Foundation.
The program is supported by:
Kontakt Collection / ERSTE Foundation
Foundation for Arts Initiatives
European Cultural Foundation
City of Zagreb
Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia
Kultura Nova Foundation