Words and Places: Etel Adnan, Film Screening and Conversation

The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni, by Rania Stephan
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 6:00pm
Kadist Art Foundation, 3295 20th Street, San Francisco, 94110

Image: Rania Stephan, The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni (2011, 70 mins)

In conjunction with the exhibition Words and Places: Etel Adnan, the Wattis Institute presents a series of talks and film screenings that examine issues called up by Adnan’s practice, and expand its frame of reference.

Wednesday, May 29
To celebrate the release of the exhibition publication, a screening of Lebanese filmmaker Rania Stephan's documentary The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni (2011) will take place at the Kadist Art Foundation. Stephan's film investigates the career and mythology of the renowned Egyptian actress Soad Hosni (1943-2001) who, in 2001, allegedly committed suicide in London. Stephan's work reexamines the legacy of complex representations of the modern Arab woman. Aside from being shown at institutions including PS1 and the Serpentine, the film was awarded the Artist Prize at the 2011 Sharjah Biennial 10, but has yet to be shown in the Bay Area.

The publication, which accompanies the exhibition Words and Places: Etel Adnan, is titled The Ninth Page: Etel Adnanʼs Journalism 1972-1974 and collects and translates some of Adnanʼs contributions to the Lebanese francophone daily newspaper, Al-Safa. The articles document the rich cultural scene of Beirut on the brink of civil war, a political cataclysm addressed with great force in Adnanʼs landmark books Sitt Marie Rose (1978) and The Arab Apocalypse (1980). These writings have an immediacy that is distinct from the rhythms of her poetry and prose. The publication also includes newly commissioned essays that respond to Adnanʼs journalism and its fraught sociopolitical context.

This event will take place at the Kadist Art Foundation, 3295 20th Street (at Folsom), San Francisco.

Words and Places: Etel Adnan is the first large-scale institutional exhibition of work by the Lebanese writer, poet, and painter Etel Adnan, spanning six decades of her artistic practice. Born in Beirut in 1925 to a Christian Greek mother and a Muslim Syrian father, Adnan has spent her life between places—Beirut, Paris, and the Bay Area—negotiating their different cultures and languages, as well as her distinctive position among them. This experience of displacement deeply informs her work, which similarly ranges between mediums and formats. Her work has recently been included in dOCUMENTA (13) (Kassel, Germany, 2012) and the Serpentine Gallery Map Marathon (London, 2010).

For more information on the exhibition, please visit the exhibition's home page.