My life has neared its end and I still dream of saying “No.” I wanted, and I want to say “No” to the “Yes” citizen, to the prison-homeland, to the modernization of the methods of torture and domestication, to the official discourse, to the visas for Arab countries, to the fragmentation and the division, to the referenda of the 99.99 percent, to the balloon celebrations, to the war that strengthen the police, to the victories which offer the leadership of the Arabs to the oil princes, that increase the gains of the businessmen, and lead to the agreements of Camp David…
I wanted and I want to say “No.” And I search for my tongue but find only a foam of blood and fear.
From my severed tongue the defeat started, and the funeral procession set out … From my suppressed “No” the enemy got through, as well as the separation, the poverty, the hunger, the prison, the torturer, and the contemporary Arab collapse…
Briefly, if it weren’t for my suppressed “No,” half of me wouldn’t be in the coffin and the other half dragging itself behind it. And my deprivation from my “No” made me not only into the victim and the spectator, the dead and the mourner, but also into a conspirator…
…[T]he “No” citizen is, for the Arab thrones, a bigger danger than the Israeli danger, and a conspiracy worse than the imperialist conspiracies…
…And until I recuperate my suppressed “No,” the funeral procession will continue, with us dragging our tails behind it."
DOSSIER: CURRENT AFFAIRS
Sa’dallah Wannous, “ana al-Janaza wa al-Mushayyi’un” (I am the Deceased and the Mourner), in Al A’mal al-Kamila, 3, pp. 440-42, as quoted in Elizabeth Kassab’s Contemporary Arab Thought, pp. 56-57.
“Here and Elsewhere,” an Exhibition of Contemporary Art From and About the Arab World at the New Museum
Opening on the 16th of July, “Here and Elsewhere” at the New Museum, will be the first museum-wide exhibition in New York City to feature contemporary art from and about the Arab world. The exhibition brings together more than forty-five artists from over fifteen countries, many of whom live and work internationally. In keeping with the New Museum’s dedication to showcasing the most engaging new art from around the globe, “Here and Elsewhere” is the most recent in a series of exhibitions that have introduced urgent questions and new aesthetics to US audiences.
Through the original and individualized practices of a multigenerational constellation of artists, the exhibition highlights works that often have conceptual or aesthetic references to the Arab world, yet also extend well beyond.
16 July-28 September 2014
DOSSIER: Current Affairs
BBC Arabic announced today that it will host a new film and documentary festival called ‘Aan Korb’ between 31 October and the 3 November 2014. The Festival’s events will take place in the iconic Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House in Central London, and will be organised and presented by BBC Arabic and the British Council.
The Aan Korb (Close Up) festival will screen the very best feature films, short films, investigative reports, citizen journalism and documentaries created about the Arab world since the beginning of the uprisings in December 2010. In addition, the festival organisers are keen to receive interesting and original entries from young people aged 18 to 30. BBC Arabic will reward the most promising young person with a programme of training, mentoring and equipment worth up to £10,000. There is the potential for their project to be commissioned by the BBC.
The BBC is currently calling for entries to the festival, which is open to filmmakers, producers, documentary makers, journalists and citizen journalists whose work explores key issues around the Arab world since the uprisings began in December 2010.
The closing date is Friday 2 May 2014. For full entry details, click here.
Judges for feature and short films
- Liliane Landor, Controller, Languages, Global News
- Kaleem Aftab, Film Correspondent
- Briony Hanson. Director of Film, the British Council
- Sara Ishaq, Director
- Rose Issa, Curator, Writer, Publisher
Judges for documentaries, investigation and citizen journalism
- Tom Giles, Editor, BBC Panorama
- Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, Foreign Correspondent, The Guardian
- Hussain Currimbhoy, Director of Programming, Sheffield Doc/Fest
- Marc Perkins, BBC Arabic Editor of Documentaries
- Ahdaf Soueif, Writer, Political and Cultural Commentator