Rabih Mroué (Beirut, Lebanon)
January 10–February 8
116–350 East 2 Avenue
Tuesday to Saturday
January 10, 7:00PM
Lebanese artist Rabih Mroué is a 2014 PuSh Artist-In-Residence, presented with Vancouver’s grunt gallery. The residency includes an exhibition of his visual works entitled Nothing to Lose, at the grunt gallery until February 8.
Nothing to Lose is an exhibition that questions what we know and what we have read, the tumultuous relationship between fact, fiction and construed narratives. Mroué’s practice explores the media’s ability to reinterpret and misinterpret, and the subjective impact this has on the public.
His works are both conceptually and politically bold, using the backdrop of Lebanon to construct works that speak to everyone. When inquired about past projects Mroué states, “My works deal with issues that have been swept under the table in the current political climate of Lebanon.” His practice emerges from a generation of artists in Beirut that came of age during the civil war (1977-1990); works often address the aftermath, using photography and video to deconstruct and reconstruct its devastating consequences.
Mroué, based in Berlin and Beirut, is a stage and film actor, playwright and visual artist. He is regarded as a central figure in the contemporary scene of post-civil war Beirut. His work combines the worlds of theatre, performance art and installation, with narrative fact and fiction. Currently, Mroué is artist-in-residence at the International research Centre at Freie Universität in Berlin.