Words and Places: Etel Adnan, Film Screening

Autoportrait, by Simone Fattal
Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Kent and Vicki Logan Gallery, 360 Kansas Street, San Francisco, 94103

Image: Simone Fattal, Autoportrait Film Still (1971, 46 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.

Thursday, April 25
A public screening of Syrian-born artist and publisher Simone Fattal's film Autoportrait (1971/2012, 45 mins). Frustrated with her practice as a painter, Fattal turned to the medium of filmmaking to document her life in Beirut, through the fragmented lens of memory, dreams and half-remembered conversations.

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.




Calendar of Events

Wednesday, May 15, 6:00-8:00pm
A public screening of filmmaker Chris Marker's pivotal “essay film” Sans Soleil (1983, 103 mins), a complex meditation on individual and collective human memory, refracted through scenes filmed in Iceland, Japan, Paris, San Francisco and Guinea-Bissau, and a political and poetic approach that is Marker’s alone.

Saturday, May 25, 2:00-5:00pm
The Sitt Marie Rose Book Club discusses Etel Adnan’s landmark 1971 novel of the Lebanese Civil War, a classic of feminist and postcolonial literature.

Wednesday, May 29, 6:00pm
A public screening and conversation between Minoo Moallem, Professor of Gender and Women's Studies at UC Berkeley and Antonia Marsh, one of the curators of Words and Places: Etel Adnan. A discussion of issues surrounding female identity in the Middle East will follow a screening of Lebanese filmmaker Rania Stephan's documentary The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni (2011). This event will be held at the Kadist Art Foundation, 3295 20th Street, San Francisco.