Artists

Rabih Mroué

  • Born 1967 in Beirut, Lebanon.
  • Based in Berlin, Germany.

For the past 30 years, Berlin-based Lebanese artist Rabih Mroué has been creating performances that criticize the confusion and historical vacuum of today’s Middle Eastern Arab world. His works, which take place on the boundaries between fiction and truth, communal history and personal anecdote, continue to attract the attention of major museums, festivals and theaters around the world. In 2004, Mroué staged the first of six performances in Japan so far.

In response to Aichi Triennale 2022’s theme “STILL ALIVE,” Mroué performs an updated version of his 17-year old masterpiece Who’s Afraid of Representation? (2005), a dissection of the history of performance art. Summoning self-mutilating actions from the body art movement that flourished in the 1960s and ‘70s side-by-side on stage with actual murder cases that took place in Beirut, Mroué offers opposition against art histories and conceptualizations based on exclusively Western perspectives.

Selected Works & Awards
2019
Borborygmus, Home Works Forum 8, Beirut, Lebanon
2012
dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany
2009
Photo-Romance, Festival d’Avignon, Avignon, France
2007
How Nancy Wished That Everything What happened to April Fool’s Joke, Tokyo International Arts Festival, Tokyo, Japan
2002
Biokhraphia, Beirut, Lebanon

Performances

Who’s Afraid of Representation?

THEATER

  • Who’s Afraid of Representation?, 2005
  • Photo: Houssam Mchaiemch
Dates
Sun, Oct 2, 17:00
Tue, Oct 4, 19:00
Duration
60 min.
Languages
Arabic with Japanese and English surtitles
Tickets
Adults ¥3,000
U25 ¥2,000

・Door tickets for adults, and U25 cost an additional ¥500.

Note
Children below school age are not permitted.
Venue
Mini Theater, Aichi Prefectural Art Theater (B1)
Access
  • 5 minutes on foot from Sakae Station on the Higashiyama Subway Line or Meijo Subway Line.
  • 5 minutes on foot from Sakae-Machi Station on the Meitetsu Seto Line.
Performance brochure
Available after the performance

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Photos
  • Photo: Houssam Mchaiemch
  • Photo: Houssam Mchaiemch