The Negotiating Table

  • The Negotiating Table

  • Artist: Mona Hatoum
  • Artist: Western Front Production
  • Year: 1983
  • Duration: 20:00
  • Country: Canada
  • The Negotiating Table came about as a result of following closely the events in the Middle East since the invasion of Lebanon in June ´82, and continuously monitoring the Western media reporting on the situation. The performance consists of two juxtaposed elements: a sound tape of news reports which sounds like fiction, as it plays against a depiction of the reality of Lebanon. Alongside the bloody chaos depicted, the detached reportage that attempts to account for it in ordered terms is absurdly disembodied. The talk of peace plans drawn up around civilized conference settings seems as fantasies on paper while the reality is a barbaric mayhem.

  • Accession #: 1792
  • Distribution Status: In Distribution
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