It was a sunny Sunday, in 2016, when in a small church, in a small town in Poland, a very strange wedding took place. It brought together the living and the dead, combining fiction and reality, politics and fairy tales …
Based on a true event, Lebanese artists Lina Majdalanie and Rabih Mroué explore the hybrid, eclectic narratives and symbols currently at work in Polish political discourses and question their socio-political mechanisms. “Last but not last” confronts the political changes in Poland, which seems to point to broader developments in European societies and beyond.
At the invitation of Marta Keil and Grzegorz Reske of the Performing Arts Institute Warsaw and HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts Dresden, the project was preceded by a joint research process lasting several months. The focus was on the question of how current right-wing populist governments and neo-nationalist ideologies produce or reproduce certain affects.
In her work, Lina Majdalanie explores forms of political language in the age of globalization and digital technology. She curated the 2016 program “Beyond Beirut” in Frankfurt a. M. In Berlin in 2016, a comprehensive selection of her and Rabih Mrouè’s work was shown as part of the exhibition “Outside the Image Inside Us”.
Rabih Mroué manages like no other to combine aesthetic and political research. For many years, he has been working with images of violence, the mechanisms of martyr cult and political propaganda. He collects documents, dissects and overwrites them and creates works that question how images and stories are constructed and instrumentalized.
George Khoury (JAD) lives in Beirut and has been working as a comic artist, illustrator, animation filmmaker and critic since the 1980s. He lectures in graphic design at Lebanese American University and is manager of the animation department at Future Television. Khoury published a “History of Arabics Comics”.
Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes
Limited number of seats.
The event will take place in compliance with the necessary hygiene measures in the context of COVID-19 regulations.
Reservations are not possible – only online or direct purchase at the advance booking offices and in the visitor centre. Remaining tickets are available at the box office.
Concept, direction, performance:
Lina Majdalanie, Rabih Mroué
Dramaturgy, project curation: Marta Keil, Grzegorz Reske (ResKeil)
Curatorial advice: Katarzyna Wielga
Drawings: George Khoury (JAD)
Voice over: Walid Raad
Henning Bochert – Bochert Translations
Supported by the Federal Agency for Civic Education.
Co-production HELLERAU –European Centre for the Arts, Residence – Schauspiel Leipzig and Performing Arts Institute Warsaw
Special thanks to:
Denise Ackermann, Asa Horvitz, Agnieszka Jakimiak, Marta Jalowska, Łukasz Jaskuła, Joanna Krakowska, Jens-Dag Kemser, Andrzej Leder, Karolina Maciejaszek, Szymon Maliborski, Florian Malzacher, Mattef, Agnieszka Morawińska, Aleksandra Muzińska Fredy Peccerelli, Krzysztof Pijarski, Marie Rault, Zuzanna Rudzińska-Bluszcz, Hazem Saghieh, Magda Staroszczyk, Ines Weizman and Forensic Architecture, Joanna Warsza, Frauke Wetzel, Theresa Wünsch and the co-producer teams
Supported by the city of Warsaw.