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Walid Raad and Jalal Toufic: Audain Visual Artist in Residence program 2017
School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University
Above: Left: Walid Raad, Sweet Talk: Beirut (Commissions)_1992 (detail), 1992. Black and white photograph. © Walid Raad. Right: Jalal Toufic, How to Read an Image Past a Surpassing Disaster no. 5 (detail), 2010. © Jalal Toufic.
Above: Left: Walid Raad, Sweet Talk: Beirut (Commissions)_1992 (detail), 1992. Black and white photograph. © Walid Raad. Right: Jalal Toufic, How to Read an Image Past a Surpassing Disaster no. 5 (detail), 2010. © Jalal Toufic.
October 10–December 9, 2017

School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 W. Hastings St.
Vancouver BC V6B 1H4
Canada

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Exhibition​: Walid Raad: Sweet Talk: Commissions (Beirut 1994) 
October 12–December 9
Opening:October 11, 6am–10pm 
Audain Gallery, Simon Fraser University 
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts ​, 149 W. Hastings St.

Talk: Walid Raad in conversation with Jayce Salloum on Beirut 
October 10, 7–9pm 
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Simon Fraser University  
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver, BC 

Artist talk: Walid Raad
October 11, 7–8pm 
Talk by Walid Raad in support of his exhibition Sweet Talk: Commissions (Beirut 1994) 
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Simon Fraser University  
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver, BC 

Talk: Scrivener's Monthly: Jalal Toufic
October 12, 7–9pm
Jalal Toufic presents The Dancer's Two Bodies at Western Front's Scrivener's Monthly series.  
Western Front, 303 E 8th Ave., Vancouver, BC 

Screening: Jalal Toufic and Graziella Rizkallah Toufic
October 14, 8–11pm
A trilogy of videos by Jalal Toufic and Graziella Rizkallah Toufic with public discussion 
Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Simon Fraser University 
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver, BC 

Lecture: Jalal Toufic 
October 17, 7–9pm 
Jalal Toufic talk about The Withdrawal of Tradition Past a Surpassing Disaster 
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Simon Fraser University 
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver, BC 

Lecture and book launch: Jalal Toufic
October 18, 3–5pm
Book launch for Jalal Toufic: What Was I Thinking? (e-flux journal-Sternberg Press)
Room 4-East, Vancouver Art Gallery 
50 Hornby St., Vancouver, BC 

Exhibition tour: Melanie O'Brian with Jeff O'Brien 
November 18, 2–3pm
Tour with curator Melanie O'Brian in dialogue with Art Historian Jeff O'Brien 
Audain Gallery, Simon Fraser University 
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver. BC 

Screening: Jayce Salloum (with Walid Raad) 
November 22, 7–10pm
Jayce Salloum's This is Not Beirut and Up to the South (with Walid Raad) 
Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Simon Fraser University 
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver, BC 


 

This fall Simon Fraser University’s School for Contemporary Arts and SFU Galleries are hosting Walid Raad and Jalal Toufic, contemporaries whose art and writing are, almost uncannily, aligned. Walid Raad was AVAIR in Fall 2016 and returns to present his exhibition Sweet Talk: Commissions (Beirut 1994) in Audain Gallery. Jalal Toufic will present a series of lectures and screenings, his first in Canada.

The works of Raad and Toufic destabilize narratives of history by way of fictive philosophical and logical constructions that fold time. Each artist’s work engages a divergent range of topics, but repeatedly returns to query the history of Lebanon and its civil wars. Always eschewing a positivist reading, their works ask us to consider the form, logic and conditions of the question as to how violence affects bodies, minds and culture.

Fiction has to reveal to us the anomalous, labyrinthine space-time of ruins; and, in case no ruins subsist for the ghost to appear, to supplement reality as a site of return of the revenant. In postwar countries, fiction is too serious a matter to be left to “imaginative” people.

–Jalal Toufic, Ruins, 2010.

Walid Raad was born in Chbanieh, Lebanon and works in New York where he is Professor of Art in The Cooper Union. Solo exhibitions include the Louvre, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Kunsthalle Zurich; Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; and Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin. His works have been shown in Documenta, Venice Biennale, Whitney Biennial, Sao Paulo Bienale, Istanbul Biennial, and Homeworks. He is a member of the Home Workspace Program in Beirut and The Gulf Labor Coalition.

Jalal Toufic is a thinker and a mortal to death. He was born in 1962 in Beirut or Baghdad and died before dying in 1989 in Evanston, Illinois. His books, a number of which were published by Forthcoming Books, are available for download at his website. And his videos are available for viewing at: vimeo.com/jalaltoufic. He, along with artists and pretend artists, was a participant in the Sharjah Biennials 6, 10 and 11, the 9th Shanghai Biennale, the 3rd Athens Biennale, and “A History: Art, Architecture, and Design, from the 1980s Until Today” (Centre Pompidou). In 2011, he was a guest of the Artists-in-Berlin Program of the DAAD; and in 2013–14, he and Anton Vidokle led Ashkal Alwan’s third edition of Home Workspace Program, based in Beirut. He has been the director of the School of Visual Arts at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts (Alba) since September 2015.

Co-presented by SFU School for the Contemporary Arts' Audain Visual Artist in Residence Program and SFU Galleries, with the Vancouver Art Gallery and Western Front.

About AVAIR
The Audain Visual Artist in Residence program brings artists and practitioners to Vancouver who have contributed significantly to the field of contemporary art and whose work resonates with local and international visual art discourses. The visiting artists interact with the students and faculty of the School for the Contemporary Arts as well as the broader visual arts and cultural communities and the community-at-large. In keeping with the experimental nature of the School for the Contemporary Arts the terms of engagement are open and change from artist to artist. The cornerstone of the residency is the sharing of artistic research. The Audain Foundation Endowment Fund generously funds the program.

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