12th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art

Artist Talk: Layth Kareem and Rijin Sahakian. Nation Building and Unbuilding

Artist talk held within the framework of the conference Imperial Ecologies as part of the 12th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art on June 22, 2022 at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum der Gegenwart – Berlin.

Made in Baghdad with the collaboration of friends and family, the film The City Limits (2014) reflects upon the emotional and physical experiences that result from a life lived under planned as well as spontaneous violence, which became the reality for much of Iraq and Baghdad’s population both during and after the US-led invasion and subsequent occupation of the country. Working with choreography, technology, and documentary forms, Layth Kareem has created a video work which functions as a gathering space: a site for the articulation of trauma, but also as the locus of resistance to occupation and the catalyst for the love and intergenerational exchange that imbue the film. Rijin Sahakian and Kareem will discuss the work’s context and making.

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