The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 announce the relaunch of the renowned Elaine Dannheisser Projects Series, beginning in April 2015.
Initiated by MoMA in 1971 as a platform for new and experimental art, Projects will now take place at both MoMA and MoMA PS1, providing a wider forum for some of the most urgent international voices in contemporary art.
Projects relaunches with Projects 101: Rabih Mroué, a live performance created by the Lebanese artist, actor, and theater director Rabih Mroué (b. 1967). Performed on April 21 and 22 in The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater at MoMA, it will feature the U.S. premiere of Riding on a Cloud, a theater piece that the artist based on his brother Yasser Mroué's personal experiences in the aftermath of the Lebanese Civil War. The performance combines prerecorded video and live spoken word in a parafictional meditation on the relationship between lived experience and representation. Performed by Yasser himself, this poetic mixture of fact and fiction deconstructs biography, questions our relationship to images, and examines the difference between political reality and memory. On April 21, Mroué will join writer and translator Omar Berrada for a conversation following the performance.
Currently living in Beirut and Berlin, Mroué works in both the visual and performing arts and has exhibited at numerous venues internationally, including Documenta 13 (2012), the 11th International Istanbul Biennial (2009), the 2009 Sharjah Biennial, and the 2006 Biennale of Sydney. His work Blow Ups (2012), which investigates the use of cellular phones in documenting the Syrian revolution, is currently on view at MoMA in Scenes for a New Heritage: Contemporary Art from the Collection. Projects 101 is organized by Ana Janevski, Associate Curator, with Martha Joseph, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Media and Performance Art, MoMA.