Please be invited to this INSPIRE seminar with architect and visual artist Jad El Khoury who will present his work and lead a workshop**.** Some light snacks and beverages will be provided.
This event will take place at PRIO in Oslo, but Jad's presentation can also be followed on Microsoft Teams at this link.
In this seminar Jad will present some of his work and artistic practices. In his artistic practice, he often uses the public space to invite the audience to think beyond the reality they are familiar with. Sensitive to serendipities, collective memory and politics, his mediums and techniques are constantly evolving yet maintain a connection with their physical environment. In Jad's practice, ecological sensitivity, politics, architecture, and heritage come together in pursuit of healing.
After introducing his work and practice, Jad will invite those present at PRIO to take part in a workshop, where they will be asked to engage with the messages he elicited from those experiencing an art installation of his at the Street Art Museum in Amsterdam.
Describing his practice, Jad writes, "After studying architecture in Beirut, I have worked with traces of war in Lebanon, where I grew up. I am part of the first post civil war (1975-1990) generation. To me, transforming accidental monuments of bitterness in the city into choreographed installations dancing with the wind was a necessity. It is my method to poetically rebel against religious sectarianism and suffering. My practice intertwines reality with fiction, facts with uncertainty, architecture with art, memory with forgetfulness."
Jad holds an MA in architecture from the Lebanese University and a Master of Fine Art in art and public space from Oslo National Academy of the Arts. His work has been shown internationally and he has been shortlisted for the Institute of Public Art Award and received the Arte Laguna Prize for Urban Art and Land art.
Food and refreshments will be provided.
The INSPIRE seminar series is a monthly online space where we explore arts-based methods, collaborative methods, ethics of doing research with artists, art as transformation and engaged scholarship - all in the context of violent conflict and war - with invited researchers and artists. The seminars are open to all interested in these topics.
To read more about the INSPIRE research project, visit the INSPIRE website.
Visual artist Jad El Khoury presents his work and leads a hybrid INSPIRE workshop. Photo: PRIO / Angelica Estevez