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Talk, That Those Beings Be Not Being

The Alter Ego

For many years, artists have been exploring their identities by fictionalizing alternative characters. Through the alter ego, or the alternative self, one can speak about things that they aren’t often able to openly express. It becomes a way to deal with complex issues, to speak out the unspoken, and to explore the latent layers in one’s own self.

In That Those Beings Be Not Being, various artists are applying and playing with the concept of the alter ego to delve into and communicate the elusive, the obscure, the transitional and metamorphic dimensions of the self. Using the alter ego, they take the viewer into the very personal or intimate worlds of those personas that live only in the para-fictional dimensions between imagination and reality.

In this talk, artists Salim Bayri, PHILTH HAUS, and Karam Natour will be sharing their own artistic practices and engaging in dialogue about the processes and necessities of creating their fictional selves.

The program will be moderated by Margarita Osipian and Fadwa Naamna.

Pictures by Jeroen de Smalen.