As part of Salam to Syria, the Connect program brings an innovative performance in the field of social action art to Bonn. Artist, sculptor and painter Latifa Medjdoub is curator of the event. Salam to Syria promotes cooperation between artists from Syria and other parts of the world.
Fiber art possesses flexible properties that allows me to reflect upon vital mechanisms produced by nature and therefore is a rich medium to help translate in organic shapes, the possibilities stretched by nature’s structure and logic. In Connect, a social experience and practice speaks for our passage through the filter of art, meditation on societal issues and back to nature. It provides a framework for thinking about our collective creativity and the fundament of life, what links humanity together, it's motives, potentiality and self direction.
I have conceived on a loom a range of ropes or vines as I like to call them for their vital and dynamic reflection on nature. A social practice is engaged to help raise awareness and to sharpen our intuitive communication, opening an inner dialogue to support the world around with a positive vision with new avenues, possibilities.
Installed in a background made of red bricks on the tall walls at the Bonn Evangelische Trinitatiskirchengemeinde , a range of protean textile forms are knotted and woven on stretchers from wooden recycled material with a seamless composition. Often achieved using a single handcrafted string on a loom, the various studies reflect on the multiple levels of interconnectedness of individuals and networks using a system of geometry of interaction.
Two performers, Chrystele Saint Louis Augustin and Sophiatou Kossoko will engage the public with a series of handcrafted ropes installed in the core of the church, tracing together a connective web. The ephemeral installation spanning the space transports participants to an expansive and physically networked setting from which valuable perspective is acquired.
This project encompasses traditional relationship with the public in the context of performance by pushing the mental and physical boundaries, questioning our presence and responsibility to each other, challenging individual perception and improvisation, allowing an immersive space of self and communal reflection as well as a transformative collective experience.
SALAM TO SYRIA
11. April 2019 • 7.00-9.00PM
Ev. Trinitatiskirchengemeinde, Brahmsstraße 14, 53121 Bonn
Tayeb Al-Hafez, President of Global Health Equity Foundation
Latifa Medjdoub, Curator and artist
Performers for Connect: Chrystèle Saint Louis Augustin and Sophiatou Kossoko
Music: Ashraf Kateb (Violin) and Iwan Urwalow (Piano & Orgel)
Starring Opera singer DEBORAH SASSON
This Salam to Syria fundraiser is run by the Global Health Equity Foundation (GHEF)
in cooperation with the Bonn Institute for Migration Research (BIM) e.V.
The proceeds of the event will be used for a research project on the health equality of refugees. In addition to promoting health education for Arabic-speaking refugees, the project will also provide relevant insights into the assessment of trauma and treatment methods. In line with the philosophy of the Global Health Equity Foundation and BIM e.V., support for equality in health care is seen as the advance of human society.
The Red Vine
You are cordially invited to participate in a social practice led by artist Latifa Medjdoub, who is currently living in France. She will be performing her piece The Red Vine, a fiber sculpture conceived as a unique segment to stimulate creative social interactions while exploring notions of space, time, and movement.
This social practice is part of a series of inspirational forums that benefit the Health Diplomacy Project for Arabic Speaking Refugees in Germany. Latifa consults with Global Health Equity Foundation (GHEF) to develop the curriculum for innovative solutions to address issues of inclusion, assimilation and integration in Germany.
The Red Vine is a fiber sculpture conceived as a unique segment to stimulate a vital and creative social interactions while exploring notions of space, time, and movement. This experience brings a powerful sense of togetherness while refining our belonging to each other and our interdependence of nature. Forming a circle, the group is engaged to trace a geometry of interaction recalling a mandala. The density of the participants' movements towards the center creates a nucleus that leads to multiple reflections on the connection phenomenon, the creation of a common improvised space, the harmony of a project.This experience brings a strong sense of belonging and unity while meditating on our interdependence with nature.
MetaSpace Studio Stockenstraße 1-5, 53113 Bonn January 26, 18:00-20:00
Hosted by Global Health Equity Foundation: Global Health Equity Foundation advocates on behalf of people who lack access to health education, preventive services and healthcare. See www.ghef.org
The Strings series Workshops
Fiber Sculpture + Social Practice
Open to all levels
Time: 2 to 3 Hours
Instructor: Latifa Medjdoub
Instructor provides recycled materials
Class Description: This project will invite physical interaction using handcrafted fiber sculptures and encourage reflection on the action of sharing and combining efforts in the act of creation.
In this workshop, we will first open up to a social practice together to reflect on the depth of the energy that links everything together. Using a set of handcrafted strings, we will experiment with movements and perspective in space.
Participants will be then working with a set of recycled items from varying material sources ranging from fiber, paper, plastic or metal to form a string or rope like open ended segment. They will study systems of formal imbrication, intertwined sequences, modulating rhythmic organizations of selected items while demonstrating a correlation between structure and sustainability.
In our age of social media networking, this innovative artistic approach pushes mental and physical boundaries, questioning our presence and responsibility to each other, challenging individual and shared perception and communication, and allowing an immersive space of self as well as a transformative collective experience to foster the idea that art makes us look at the world in fresh, new and restorative ways.
May 11th at N.E.W from 6pm to 9pm
New Expressive Work 810 SE Belmont, PDX OR 97214
Limited to 30 participants.
In San Francisco
May 20th at MP+D from 2pm to 5pm
Museum of Performance and Design 893B Folsom Street San Francisco CA 94107
Limited to 20 participants.
Contact me for more details and to register:
Latifa Medjdoub & Haco
Eurythmy is a social performance inspired by nature’s energy and rhythmical order and is inviting an active public to reflect on the multiple levels of interconnectedness of individuals and networks. The project consists of the collaborative construction of an ephemeral flexible architecture using fiber sculptures* in relation to an environmental sound system speaking for interrelationship and unity while celebrating diversity.
Facilitated by French Algerian visual artist Latifa Medjdoub in collaboration with avant-garde experimental sound artist, Haco from Japan, this environmental social art exploration aims to open new avenues to the public practice in regard to the art of possibilities together, in a terrain designed to bring a wave of inspiration, awareness and energy.
Date: May 23dr, 2017, 9pm @door, performance @9.30pm
Last Friday I went on my first solo trip to the Portland Metro Transfer Station where an army of kind souls and smiling figures diligently work the physical task of recycling the massive amount of matter trashed daily in piles. Camus couldn't be more right: "One must imagine Sisyphus Happy".
I'm very pleased to be among the selected artists for the Glean program established by Recology, Metro and Crakedpots for the past 7 years to address the waste disposal and environmental issues. Artists are given the opportunity to glean materials from the transfer station for the program duration and are required to conceive a body of work relevant to their continuous efforts to reduce entropy while regenerating a significant amount of the refuse.
This compelling Artist in Residency program will allow me the very special opportunity to develop my current social practice art studies related to the sensitive topics of environmental issues. With materials gleaned from the waste stream, I would like to conceive elaborate and intricate artistic tools with the public stimulating creative social interactions combining mundane objects with sophisticated textile art techniques. The proposed experimental research will continue my ongoing ID# series reflecting on social identity and environment.
Public participatory will be encouraged to creatively interact in the compositional stages opening the project to an unusual immersive, dynamic and tactile social experience that reconnects the mind and the body and to allow a reflection on the multiple levels of interconnectedness of individuals, networks and environment. I will be sharing soon the thread of this new adventure which will hopefully inspire possibilities.