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Thinking, Making, Writing: Contemporary Art in Catastrophe and Overcoming

Public Talk

Oct '21

Walid Sadek

Thinking, Making, Writing: Contemporary Art in Catastrophe and Overcoming

The artist and writer Walid Sadek has been demanding we ‘labour the missing’ in his prose and artistic practice, confronting the regnant ideology of our contemporary -- melancholia, nostalgia -- through a careful critique of waiting for those who disappeared during Lebanon’s protracted civil war to return before politics can get started again. Sadek perceives the present as always-already holed, rendering the contemporary longing for a future (saved or damned, full or empty) meaningless. He proposes a way to create in and around a gaping, holed, lacking reality.