Lavender Man | Q&A with Tania El Khouri, Mohamad Ali “Dali” Agrebi & Professor Harriet Hawkins
Following from the première of Lavender Man, artists Tania El Khori and Mohamad Ali ‘Dali’ Agrebi have a conversation on the themes of the work, the artists’ own stories that led to it, and current understandings of borders.
Broadcast date: 24th October 2020
Publishing date: 14th November 2020
To watch the fill Lavender Man film, visit: https://performingborders.live/commissions/lavender-man-performance-to-camera-by-tania-el-khouri
Event commissioned and broadcast by performingborders, Foreign Actions Productions, HowlRound Theatre Commons & Live Art Development Agency for performingbordersLIVE20. With support from Arts Council England.
Tania El Khoury is a live artist creating installations and performances focused on audience interactivity and its politics. Her work has been translated and presented in multiple languages across six continents. Tania holds a PhD in Performance Studies from Royal Holloway, University of London. She is co-founder of Dictaphone Group, a Lebanon-based research and performance collective aiming at questioning our relationship to the city, and redefining its public space. Tania is a 2019 Soros Art Fellow and the recipient of the Bessies Outstanding Production Award, the International Live Art Prize, the Total Theatre Innovation Award, and the Arches Brick Award. taniaelkhoury.com
Mohamad Ali “Dali” Agrebi is a Tunisian theatre artist and LGBTQI+ activist living in Malta. He collaborated with various international artists as a performer and co-creator. His latest creation Would You Like to Dance With Me? was an interactive street performance with a group of asylum seekers. Dali worked on different campaigns with minority rights organisations in Tunisia and Malta. He currently acts as a committee member of Malta LGBTIQ Rights Movement.
Professor Harriet Hawkins‘s research is focused on the advancement of the geohumanities, a field that sits at the intersection of geographical scholarship with arts and humanities scholarship and practice. Empirically she explores the geographies of art works and art worlds, theoretically she is interested in the elaboration of core humanities concepts of aesthetics, creativity and the imagination from a geographical perspective. Her current research focuses on the underground as a site of /for the formation of much needed new environmental imaginations. Harriet is the author of For Creative Geographies (Routledge 2013) and Creativity (Routledge 2016), co-editor of Geographical Aesthetics(Ashgate 2014) and Geographies of Making Craft and Creativity (Routledge 2017). Her next monograph exploring practice-based research in Geography is forthcoming in 2020. In addition she has written over 80 peer reviewed pubications, a selection of which are listed below (for full details please contact Harriet). Her research and collaborations are funded by a range of bodies including the AHRC, The Leverhulme Trust, the British Academy, the Arts Council, and the National Science Foundations of the US, Switzerland and China.