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"An Uncanny Impulse" exhibition in Cordoba

From October 17, 2017 until January 12, 2018From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Casa Árabe exhibition hall (at Calle Samuel de los Santos Gener, 9). From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached.

Casa Árabe is showing a selection from the Mohsen Yammine Collection at the Arab Image Foundation of Beirut.  

Defying the destructiveness of time, the act of collecting has been considered through history as an act of salvation that strives to accommodate, appropriate and spread a certain knowledge through the collected object. The exhibition “An Uncanny Impulse” by the Arab Image Foundation (AIF) in Beirut aims to explore the act of collecting through the eyes of Mohsen Yammine, a Lebanese man who found himself compiling a large collection of photographs from Tripoli and northern Lebanon across the years.

This collection was very central for the Arab Image Foundation’s quest for understanding photographs as surviving objects, not only favouring a veneration of the past, origins,  identity and memory but also using it as an item ot be shared into the future. Curators: Clémence Cottard and Marc Mouarkech.

The exhibition, organized by Casa Arabe to mark its 10th anniversary, also attempts to highlight the essential role played by the Arab Image Foundation throughout its 20 years of existence, as a crossroads where both archival practices and contemporary photographic practices come together.

The opening of the exhibition in Cordoba is taking place on Tuesday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m., in the Casa Árabe Auditorium, and will include attendance by the director of the Arab Image Foundation of Beirut, Marc Mouarkech. The event will take place in English with consecutive translation.

Marc Mouarkech
Managing director of the Arab Image Foundation, headquartered in Beirut, Mouarkech has a Master’s degree in Curating Studies and Art Criticism from the University of St. Joseph (Beirut), and a bachelor’s degree in Multimedia and the Visual Arts from Holy Spirit University of Kaslik. From 2010 to 2017, he worked at the Galerie Tanit, Beirut / Munich, where he became the director of its Beirut headquarters in 2012. From 2014 to 2015, he organized and co-organized several exhibitions in Beirut. In October 2015, he co-founded a group of eight curators which took on the name MADRASSA (“school” in Arabic), focusing on institutional and collective practices in the region. He later presented the exhibition “Something to generate from” at the Kunsthal Aarhus contemporary art center, located at the heart of the city of Aarhus, Denmark, in June 2016.

Listen to the report “El Mundo desde las Casas” (Radio 5) about the exhibition
Image credit:
Camille El Kareh
Self Portrait, Zghorta, Lebanon
Ca 1920
Gelatin silver negative on glass
17.7 x 12.7 cm
Mohsen Yammine Collection
Courtesy of the Arab Image Foundation, Beirut

"An Uncanny Impulse" exhibition in Cordoba