I was fortunate not to have seen what the others had witnessed

I was fortunate not to have seen what the others had witnessed, 2016
Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Hamburg

 
Rabih Mroué, born 1967, lives and works in Beyrouth. Mroué is an actor, director, playwright, visual artist, and a contributing editor for The Drama Review (TDR) and the quarterly Kalamon. He is also a co-founder and a board member of the Beyrouth Art Center (BAC), Beyrouth. His complex and diverse practice, spanning different disciplines and formats in between theater, performance, and visual arts, has established Mroué as a key figure in a new generation of artistic voices in Lebanon. Employing both fiction and in-depth analysis as tools for engaging with his immediate reality, Mroué explores the responsibilities of the artist in communicating with an audience in given political and cultural contexts. His works deal with issues that have been swept under the rug in the current political climate of Lebanon, connected to the enduring marks left by the Lebanese Civil War as well as more recent political events like the Arabic Spring and the Syrian Revolution.

 

Exhibitions/Performances


 

2016
I was fortunate not to have seen what the others had witnessed, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hambrug, Germany
DANCE ON - WATER BETWEEN THREE HANDS, Rabih Mroué with Dance on Ensemble, Kampnagel, Hamburg, Germany
On Disappearing And For Vanishing, TARTU Art Museum, Tartu, Estonia

 2015
Gallery 3010, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
Techologism, Monash University Museum of Art, Caulfield East, Australia
Mer Méditerranée, La Kunsthalle Mulhouse, centre d’art contemporain, Mulhouse, France

 2014
33 rounds and a few seconds, Performance Rabih Mroué/Lina Saneh, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, USA
Riding on a Cloud, Performance Rabih Mroué/Yasser Mroué, Kampnagel, Hamburg, Germany
Rabih Mroué. Image(s) mon Amour, SALT Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey (solo)
Irgendetwas im Raum entzieht sich unseren Versuchen des Überfliegens, Würtembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany
The Execution of Maximilian, Mead Gallery, Coventry, UK
Something of Something, City Art Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Festival Belluard Bollwerk International, Fri Art, Fribourg, Switzerland

 2013
Rabih Mroué. Image(s) mon Amour, CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid, Spain (solo)
33 rounds and a few seconds, International Summer Festival, Kampnagel, Hamburg, Germany 
The White Sheets of Berlin. A Tribute to Etel Adnan, Performance with Rabih Mroué/Rima Khcheich, HAU Hebbel Am Ufer, Berlin, Germany
A Different Kind of Order, The ICP Triennial, International Center of Photography, New York, USA (group) 
Unruhe der Form. Entwürfe des politischen Subjekts, Wiener Secession Wiener Festwochen, Austria (screening)
WRO 2013 Biennial, WRO Center for Media Art, Wroclaw, Poland (group)
Probable Title: Zero Probability II, Performance with Rabih Mroué/Hito Steyerl, Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin, Germany
Version Control, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK (group)

 2012
dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany (group)
Time and Again, Galerie AKINCI, Amsterdam, Netherlands (group)
Habeas corpus, CENTRE D’ART Tarragona, Spain (group)
33 rounds and a few seconds, Steirischer Herbst 2012, Graz, Austria; Festival d’Avignon, France, coproduction: KunstenFestivaldesArts (Brussels), Scène nationale de Petit-Quevilly-Mont-Saint-Aignan (Rouen), Festival delle Colline Torinesi (Torino), La Bâtie Festival de Genève, Kampnagel (Hamburg), Steirischer Herbst (Graz), Tampere Theatre Festival (Helsinki), Malta Festival Poznan 2012, Association libanaise pour les Arts plastiques Ashkal Alwan (Beyrouth)
Habeas corpus, CENTRE D’ART Tarragona, Spain
The Pixelated Revolution, Performance, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
Double Shooting, installation during "The world is not fair" at Tempelhof Airfield, Berlin Germany (group)
Demonstrationen, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany (group) 

 2011
Rabih Mroué. Will the Spring Visit US?, Tranzitdisplay, Prague, Czech Republic (solo)
Victims and Martyrs, Göteborg Konsthall, Sweden (group)
Photo Romance, Performance with Lina Saneh, Kampnagel, Hamburg, Germany
Who’s Afraid of Representation?, Performance with Lina Saneh, ALFILM 11, Berlin, Germany
Das Volk fordert, Kunstverein Stuttgart, Germany (solo)
I, the Undersigned, Lunds Konsthall, Sweden (solo)
My Leap into the void, Sfeir-Semler Gallery Hamburg, Germany
Three evenings with Rabih Mroué and friends, Globe, Erdgeschoss der Deutsche Bank-Türme, Frankfurt 

 2010
I, The Undersigned, BAK, Utrecht (solo)

 2009
The Inhabitants of Images, a lecture performance co-produced by Bidoun Magazine, TQW in Vienna, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut. Lebanon

 2008
Noiseless, a short animation produced by CINE-POEM
Theater with dirty feet, lecture-performance for HAU 2, Hebbel Theater, Berlin, Germany

 2007
How Nancy wished that everything was an April Fool’s Joke, with Fadi Toufiq 

 2006
Make Me Stop Smoking, Oberhausen film festival, Oberhausen, Germany
Look at the Light Moving Between the Buildings, Siemens Art Program, Munich, Germany
Leap into the Void, an installation work, Sfeir-Semler Gallery Beirut, Lebanon

 2004
Life is Short But the Day is Too Long, Les Subsistances, Lyon, France
Who’s Afraid of Representation, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin, Germany

 2003
Looking for a Missing Employee, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut
Bir-Rooh Bid-Dam, short film
Limp Bodies, Tannzquartier Wien, Denkmal project, Austria 

 2002
Biokhraphia, with Lina Saneh, Ashkal Alwan production 

 2001
Face A / Face B, shortfilm 

 2000
Red Dead Zone, with Feyrouz Serhal, Ashkal Alwan production
Three Posters, with Elias Khoury, Festival Ayloul production  

 1998
Come in Sir we are Waiting for you Outside, with Tony Chakar 

 1997
Extension 19, Festival Ayloul production 

 1995
La Prison de Sable, Theatre de Beyrouth, Lebanon

 

Awards

 

 2011
Prince Claus Award, The Netherlands
Bansemer & Nyssen Dramatiker Preis (togehter with Lina Saneh) 

 2010
Spalding Grey Award, New York
Artist Grant for Theatre/Performance Arts from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts, New York