“[Mroué’s] understanding of what it is to be human, in all of its beauty and ugliness, burns through with an intensity that, despite—or because of—its theatricality, hits the viewer directly in the gut.” —Frieze
Just as Rabih Mroué synthesizes video and audio, acting and projection, art and theater in his performances, so does he interweave history, testimony, and storytelling to destabilize facts and fictions. Born in Beirut, Mroué often draws material for his work from the Lebanese Civil War of the 1990s and contemporary Middle East conflicts. This new dramatic-comic theater piece is created in collaboration with Lebanese actor/writer/director Lina Majdalanie and artist/musician Mazen Kerbaj. Here, the performers’ identities and judgements of one another shift as the taboos, fears, and failures of their lives and countries are laid bare. Borborygmus is presented in tandem with Roué’s latest cycle of artworks, Again we are defeated on view in Gallery 2. In Arabic with English surtitles.
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