The CCA presents كیف لا نغرق في السراب / To Remain in the No Longer, a film and exhibition in the form of research notes by 2021–2022 Emerging Curator, Joyce Joumaa.
Employing archival materials, interviews, and 16mm and digital film, the experimental documentary explores the political and cultural forces that have come to bear on the abandoned site of an international fairground conceived by Oscar Niemeyer in the city of Tripoli, Lebanon. By examining the precarity of the project site, from its halted construction to its imposed abandonment and attempted reappropriations, the film reflects on the country’s current socio-economic crisis. Modern structures under threat of collapse stand in as protagonists to tell the story of a promised metropolis that never came to be, while the fairground acts as a lens through which to look at implicit collapse beyond the perimeter of the site.
Join us and curator Joyce Joumaa for the premiere of كیف لا نغرق في السراب / To Remain in the No Longer, and the opening of the exhibition. How has architecture been instrumentalized in the ongoing construction of a national narrative? What is the role of architects in shaping society within corrupt ecologies of power and failed financial engineering?
Come explore the exhibition in CCA’s Octagonal Gallery, opening at 5pm. The conversation with the curator starts at 6:30pm in Paul-Desmarais Theatre, and we conclude with a celebration in the Shaughnessy House.The film will be streamed all night, in the gallery.
Arabic, English subtitles: 5:20pm, 7:20pm.
Arabic, French subtitles: 6:20pm, 8:20pm.
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