Interview with Pamela Chrabieh by Itsliquid Group, Venice – Italy


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INTERVIEW: PAMELA CHRABIEH

Interview: Pamela Chrabieh
Luca Curci talks with Pamela Chrabieh during ANIMA AMUNDI FESTIVAL 2019 – VISIONS at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi.

Pamela Chrabieh is a Lebanese & Canadian Doctor in Sciences of Religions, scholar, visual artist, activist, university professor, writer and consultant. She has exhibited her artworks in Canada, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates and Italy, and has organized and participated in art workshops and art therapy sessions in North America, Europe and Western Asia. She was selected as one of the 100 most influential women in Lebanon in 2013, and won several national and regional prizes in Canada and the United Arab Emirates.

Interview: Pamela Chrabieh
Image courtesy of Pamela Chrabieh

Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
Pamela Chrabieh – I was born and raised in the 1970s-1980s war in Lebanon. Growing up in war left me with a thirst to discover the truth behind the endless years spent in shelters and displacement, the survival techniques I learned, such as how to avoid snipers and land mines, the suffering following the destruction of our houses and the horrific deaths of loved ones, the fascination with war games I used to play, and the hours spent with my parents trying to look for bread. War has definitely marked my identity, world vision, and visual expression, but also my journeys and experiences at the crossroads of several countries, cultures and religions.

LC – Which subject are you working on?
PC – Mainly, war and peace as a general subject. Sub-subjects include: Dialogue, Human Rights, Gender Equality, Freedom of Expression, Cultural interpenetrations, Inclusion, etc.

LC – What is your creative process like?
PC – My visual art accompanies my writing, is influenced by it and influences it. And both creative journeys are closely linked to my personal experiences. These experiences should be powerful enough to push me to express myself me such as violence, separation, exile or death. I rarely produce content when I’m going through a status quo. And I rarely follow a strict path to create combinations of words, forms, colors and energies. Emotions and ideas progressively intermingle, and ultimately incarnate. I don’t see the creative journey as a series of specific steps set in stone, from preparation to implementation, but a multilevel construction, deconstruction and reconstruction of mental, physical and spiritual dynamics.
LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
PC – My artworks are a certain reflection of my journey as a resilient human being, a war survivor who is relentlessly searching for inner peace and peace with others, so that the vicious cycle of war breaks.

Interview: Pamela Chrabieh
Image courtesy of Pamela Chrabieh

LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
PC – As I see it, being an artist nowadays is being (or should be about being) engaged in the production and dissemination of counter-cultures facing hegemonic cultures. It’s also being kind of a neo-renaissance human being, actively participating in building bridges across cultures and working towards more inclusive societies. Beyond a mere profession or a simple expression of one’s emotions, making art is and should be about living it and creating connections through it.

LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
PC – Definitely, and as previously mentioned, it is at the heart of my approach and quest. Anima Mundi symbolizes connections between cultures and religions; the contemporary and the traditional; the physical and the mental; the visible and the invisible; the past, present, and future; the logos (word) and the eikon (image); humanity, the natural and the spiritual, etc.

Interview: Pamela Chrabieh
Image courtesy of Pamela Chrabieh

LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this exhibition? How is it connected to the theme of the entire festival?
PC – War disconnects lives, memories, and experiences by creating endless cycles of violence, murderous identities, and wounded memories. I have come to believe that these memories are inevitably transmitted from generation to generation in private and public spaces, and that socio-political conviviality and peace need both individual and national healing processes. Or else, the load of traumas that we carry will prevail, fueled by the continuous local and regional crises and State-sponsored amnesia. Contrary to war, peace is the art of connecting. It is a continuous process encompassing historical subjectivities and energies in interpenetrative modes; a process of interacting dynamics, fragmented and common truths, voices, paths, and pathos.
A Duwama (spiral or vortex) is a visualization of this peacebuilding process. It symbolizes life versus death, positive movement towards the manifestation of connections, and therefore, towards forgiveness, healing, and conviviality.
Every one of my Duwamas is a story of transformation, from a shattered and disconnected situation, event, emotion or experience, to a connected realm.

LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
PC – It’s a platform that translates across diverse channels and contributes to transnational creative communication. It pushes the envelope and helps artists who think outside the box connect and discover the richness of their differences.

LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
PC – Yes, and I hope we will pursue this cooperation.

Interview: Pamela Chrabieh
Image courtesy of Pamela Chrabieh
Interview: Pamela Chrabieh
Image courtesy of Pamela Chrabieh
Interview: Pamela Chrabieh
Image courtesy of Pamela Chrabieh
Interview: Pamela Chrabieh
Image courtesy of Pamela Chrabieh

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Artist Pamela Chrabieh’s “Peace Collection” in Indelible Dubai

I was born and raised in the 1970s-1980s war in Lebanon. My experience as a war survivor has marked my writing and art, as has fueld my quest for peace. As I see it, peace is not only about ceasefires, the end of bloodshed, the absence of hostilities, and a state of mutual concord between governments, as war is both “physical” and “psychological”. Peace is about accountability for violence, openness, generosity, clemency, and catharsis. Peace is and should be a transformation process within mindsets, a celebration of interconnected life and unity in the diversity of complex identities. As long as the legacy of violence is not addressed within ourselves and our societies, we will remain lost, cut off from connection, living in a never-ending apocalypse of carnages and tortured souls and bodies.

Dr. Pamela Chrabieh is a scholar, writer, visual artist, and activist. Author of several books and papers with a 20+ year experience in higher education, communication, content creation, and the arts, she has exhibited her artworks in Canada, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates and Italy. Previously Associate Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at the American University in Dubai, she currently owns and manages a Beirut-based company offering expertise in Learning and Communication. 
http://pamelachrabiehblog.com and http://spnc.co

Source: Indelible

CAFCAW WORKSHOP Towards an Inclusive Society in Lebanon?

Positive vibes, fruitful dialogue, critical thinking, and a beautiful blend of identities united in their differences around a common goal: building a better inclusive society.

Hotel Monroe, Beirut, September 28, 2019.

A Colored Day at Qalamoun North of Lebanon

Amazing day with the inhabitants of Qalamoun, shooting videos, interviewing “Qalamoun in colors” project’s beneficiaries, tasting authentic bread and lemonade, and enjoying the hospitality of the mayor and the locals.
“Qalamoun in colors” is a Cash for work employment project that focuses on the rehabilitation and beautification of the Qalamoun market and public spaces. It creates ownership as youth and the community are actively involved in the design and execution of the project, generates short-term income opportunities, and aims to strengthen community cooperation. Implemented by GIZ Local Development Programme for Urban Areas in North Lebanon  in partnership with Utopia Lebanon and the Municipality of Qalamoun through financial support of the European Union and Germany.
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دوامة Duwama (Spiral) by Pamela Chrabieh @ Anima Mundi – Itsliquid International Art Festival – Venice 2019

Duwama Collection by Pamela Chrabieh
ANIMA MUNDI FESTIVAL 2019 – VISIONS
ITSLIQUID International Art Festival
Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi, Venice – Italy | October 04 – November 24, 2019

OPENING October 4, 2019 @ 6 p.m.

About Duwama

I was born and raised in the 1970s-1980s war in Lebanon.

War disconnects lives, memories, and experiences by creating endless cycles of violence, murderous identities, and wounded memories.

I have come to believe that these memories are inevitably transmitted from generation to generation in private and public spaces, and that socio-political conviviality and peace need both individual and national healing processes. Or else, the load of traumas that we carry will prevail, fueled by the continuous local and regional crises and State-sponsored amnesia.

Growing up in war left me with a thirst to discover the truth behind the endless years spent in shelters and displacement, the survival techniques I learned, such as how to avoid snipers and land mines, the suffering following the destruction of our houses and the horrific deaths of loved ones, the fascination with war games I used to play, and the hours spent with my parents trying to look for bread.

War has definitely marked my identity, world vision, and visual expression, and it has fueled my pursuit for connections between cultures and religions; the contemporary and the traditional; the physical and the mental; the visible and the invisible; the past, present, and future; the logos (word) and the eikon (image); humanity, the natural and the spiritual… My pursuit for peace…

Contrary to war, peace is the art of connecting. It is a continuous process encompassing historical subjectivities and energies in interpenetrative modes; a process of interacting dynamics, fragmented and common truths, voices, paths, and pathos.

A Duwama (spiral or vortex) is a visualization of this peacebuilding process. It symbolizes life versus death, positive movement towards the manifestation of connections, and therefore, towards forgiveness, healing, and conviviality.

Every Duwama is a story of transformation, from a shattered and disconnected situation, event, emotion or experience, to a connected realm.

Biography

Pamela Chrabieh is a Lebanese & Canadian Doctor in Sciences of Religions, scholar, university professor, visual artist, activist, writer and consultant. She has exhibited her artworks in Canada, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates, and has organized and participated in art workshops and art therapy sessions in North America, Europe and the Middle East. She was selected as one of the 100 most influential women in Lebanon in 2013, and won several national and regional prizes in Canada and the United Arab Emirates. https://pamelachrabiehblog.com/

ITSLIQUID GROUP OPENING ANIMA MUNDI INTERNATIONAL ART FESTIVAL VENICE 2019 – Venice Biennale

OPENING: ANIMA MUNDI FESTIVAL 2019 – VISIONS by ITSLIQUID GROUP @Venice-Italy

OPENING: ANIMA MUNDI FESTIVAL 2019 – VISIONS
ITSLIQUID International Art Festival
THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space | October 03 – November 24, 2019
Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi | October 04 – November 24, 2019

ITSLIQUID Group, in collaboration with Venice Events and Ca’ Zanardi, is proud to announce VISIONS, third appointment of ANIMA MUNDI 2019 – International Art Festival, curated by Arch. Luca Curci (founder and director of THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space, ITSLIQUID Group and Luca Curci Architects) that will be held at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space from October 03 to November 24, 2019 and at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi from October 04 to November 24, 2019 in Venice.

The Festival will run from May to November 2019, in the same period of the 58th Venice Art Biennale, “May you live in interesting times”, curated by Ralph Rugoff and organized by La Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta, hosted at the Giardini and at the Arsenale venues.

OPENING: ANIMA MUNDI FESTIVAL 2019 - VISIONS

The festival focuses on the concept of ANIMA MUNDI, that according to several historical cultures, religions and philosophical systems, is an intrinsic connection between all living entities on the planet, which relates to the world in a similar way as the human soul is connected to the human body. Plato expressed his thought about the ANIMA MUNDI in the Timaeus, “this world is indeed a living being endowed with a soul and intelligence… a single visible living entity containing all other living entities, which by their nature are all related”.

ANIMA MUNDI is the invisible energy behind all the natural and the artificial elements that allows the planet to live. Thanks to the hidden connections of ANIMA MUNDI, all the ecosystems of the Earth, before and after the appearance of the mankind, found their equilibrium, their ways to live and to develop themselves, to transform and to evolve. All the beings of the planet, plants, minerals, animals are permeated by a secret force that has always stimulated the human thought and research.

ITSLIQUID Group is running a charity initiative aimed to support some of the most important no-profit organizations that are internationally involved in the environmental protection, such as United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, One Tree Planted, The Ocean Cleanup and Plastic Oceans. This choice comes from the essence of ANIMA MUNDI in which everything is related to the living entities of the planet. Click here for more information.

OPENING: ANIMA MUNDI FESTIVAL 2019 - VISIONS

organized by ITSLIQUID Group
curator Luca Curci
in collaboration with Venice Events, Ca’ Zanardi
project manager Giulia Tassi
project coordinators Amaride Ferrante, Virna Manattini, Gaia Persichetti, Viola Persico
collaborators Ottavia Marilungo, Irene Scilipoti, Martina Moratello
graphic designer Fabio Murgolo
supported by Rare Art Inc., Sixteen, Soledad Senlle Art Foundation, St1

VENUES
THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space
Calle Larga San Marco, 374 – 30124 Venice, Italy
October 03 – November 24, 2019
09:30 AM – 05:30 PM | Monday – Friday
OPENING October 03, 2019 | 06:00PM
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Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi
Cannaregio 4132 – 30121 Venice, Italy
October 04 – November 24, 2019
10:00 AM – 06:00 PM | Monday – Friday
OPENING October 04, 2019 | 06:00PM
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OPENING: ANIMA MUNDI FESTIVAL 2019 - VISIONS

SELECTED ARTISTS

THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space
Hala Alhomoud . Kuwait | India Blake Johnson . USA | Alexandre Castagna . Mexico | Izabela Chamczyk . Poland | Maria Clauss . Sweden | Benjamin Elron . Israel | Mehrnoush Esmaeili . Iran | Gabriela Farnell . Argentina | Stephan Geert van Riezen . The Netherlands | Basim Ghomorlou . Germany | Corinne Holthuizen-Habermann . Germany | Suzy Hug Levy . Turkey | Ewa Jaworska . Poland | Alice Karveli . UK | Kimberlee Koym-Murteira . USA | Katarzyna Kroczek-Wasińska . Poland | Nina Kuo & Lorin Roser . USA | Hyobin Kwon . USA | Jeongsoo Lim . South of Korea | John Lundquist Coey & Fredrik Sundqvist . Sweden | Małgorzata Łuszczak . Poland | Adam Marelli . USA | Catherine Meehan . Mexico | Vanesa Moreno & Nasrine Kheltent . Belgium | Elio Parodi . Portugal | Mr. Praphan Rakarin . Thailand | Jelena Rakić . Bosnia and Herzegovina | Marcos Rivero Mentado . Spain | Jacek Ludwig Scarso . UK | Deborah Sfez . Israel | Alex R. Small . USA | Sebastian Theisen . Germany | Fu Wenjun . China | Cutelyn White . UK | Haejin Yoo . Germany | Hanife Neris Yuksel . Turkey

Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi
Misa Aihara . Japan | Natalia Alf . Germany | Hala Alhomoud . Kuwait | Vito Ascencio . Mexico | Ali Asi . Palestine | Ena Ban . Slovakia | Francoise Berlanger, Caroline Daish, Daya Halle, Katia Lecomte Mirsky . Belgium |Oriane Biangonga . France | India Blake Johnson . USA | Darina Bout . USA | Michele Brega . Italy | Edelweiss Calcagno . USA | Michele Camusso . Italy | Taner Çamsari . Turkey | Tommy TC Carlsson . Sweden | Izabela Chamczyk . Poland | Magali Chesnel . France | Pamela Chrabieh . Lebanon | Cía. No bautizados . Spain | Maria Clauss . Sweden | Cristina Collao . Germany | Ali Osman Coşkun . Turkey | Tomas Danielis . Belgium | Clara de Bobes . Spain | Raymond de los Santos . USA | Annamarie Dzendrowskyj . UK | Amani El Bayoumi . UAE | Haddas Eshel . Israel | Filip Firlefijn . Switzerland | Livia Freschi . Italy | RRicardo Garcia . USA | Danisa Glusevic Ferreira . Germany | Angela Götz . Germany | Marja Hakala . Finland | Allison Harrell Mistier . USA | Helen Adove Hawk . UK | Lukas Horst . Germany | Paul Howard . Australia | Robin Howard . USA | Suzy Hug Levy . Turkey | Monica Ikegwu . USA | Shlomo Israeli . Israel | Ewa Jaworska . Poland | Nick Kacic-Miosic . USA | Athina Kanellopoulou . Greece | Alice Karveli . UK | Alina Kashitsyna . Greece | Joan Kaufman . Canada | Zsuzsa Klemm . Germany | Kimberlee Koym-Murteira . USA | Katarzyna Kroczek-Wasińska . Poland | Marija Krtolica, Florence Benichou, Despina Stamos . USA | Nina Kuo & Lorin Roser . USA | Monica Levy . Germany | Jeongsoo Lim . South of Korea | Cara Louwman . The Netherlands | John Lundquist Coey & Fredrik Sundqvist . Sweden | Małgorzata Łuszczak . Poland | Michael Dwayne Markham . USA | Tabea Mathern & Matthias Heumeier . Germany | Petra Mattes . Germany | Richard S. McWherter . USA | Neva Mikulicz . USA | Judith Minks . The Netherlands | Minou Modarressy . Austria | Karin Monschauer . Switzerland | Vanesa Moreno & Nasrine Kheltent . Belgium | Alice & Sofia Nappi . Italy | Merel Noorlander, Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti & Artémise Ploegaerts . The Netherlands | Attila Olasz . Hungary | Setsuko Ono . USA | Elio Parodi . Portugal | Hannah Perry Saucier . Spain | Valérie Pitre & Roger Cournoyer . Canada | Jelena Rakić . Bosnia and Herzegovina | Magali Reales . Spain | Vincent Robbins . USA | Robert Romano . USA | Jordina Ros & Pere Estadella . Spain | Jacek Ludwig Scarso . UK | Madeleine Schachter . USA | Deborah Sfez . Israel | Einar Sira . Norway | Kerstin Sokoll . Germany | Nyk Sykes . Australia | Ayaka Tajiri . Czech Republic | Louis Thallon . Germany | Melek Toraman . Turkey | Estefania Valls Urquijo . Guatemala | Nancy Van Wichelen . Belgium | Anne-Kristin Vaudour . Hong Kong | Daria Vorobyeva . Russia | Cutelyn White . UK | Maciej Winek . Poland | Ai-Wen Wu Kratz . USA | Tina Zimmermann . Germany

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Peace, Islam and the Arts in Dubai

My “Peace, Islam and the Arts in Dubai” was recently published in Hawliyat, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Journal at the University of Balamand, Lebanon. Issue 18, 2017-2018, p. 111-134.