The Fondation Thalie welcomes Nour Awada during a residency from April 2020. The performance she will propose on Thursday May 7 will be the outcome of her research, of which she gives here her thoughts.
“Originally from Lebanon, I grew up in a patriarchal, confessional society torn between the fantasy of the West and Eastern traditions. The intricacies of this cultural fabric complicated attempts at societal change, until the populist revolution on October 7, 2019 throughout the country. It was much later, when I arrived in France, that I realized the extent of this vast project of paradigm shifts, prompting me to question my identity. My feeling of stagnation in Lebanon was quickly absorbed by the impression of a world in which events are coming and going at high speed. Some revolutions become obsolete before we have even taken the time to inhabit them. Familial, economic and political frameworks are crossed by dramatic changes which sometimes lead us to struggle to breathe; our era is marked by acceleration, which we now value.”
Performance is a means that Nour Awada has chosen to deal with the subject of transitions, without having the ambition to understand why, but rather to question how. Following her latest creation, Le Bruit et le signal, Performance sur la transition # 1, interpreted by data scientists from the company Ekimetrics, she is working on a second performative project, La nuit a craché sur le ciel, which will be presented next October in Paris. Her residence at Thalie is a precious time of research to nourish and develop this new project, and which will give rise to a public performance of the process in progress.
Nour Awada (1985, Beirut) is a graduate of the National School of Fine Arts from Paris and has been teaching sculptural modeling since 2012 for adults, as well as sculpture in various higher establishments. His artistic practice develops halfway between sculpture and performance. Winner of the François Schneider Contemporary Talent Prize in 2012, the Icart Prize in 2015 and the Françoise International Competition for Contemporary Work in 2018, she is also the founder of LAP – Laboratory of Performance Arts, the first French laboratory dedicated exclusively to performative research. She performs and exhibits regularly in France and abroad, and is currently in residence at the Center for Contemporary Art Le Crédac for a collective performative creation which will be performed by high school students from Ivry-sur-Seine in June 2020.