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Lina Majdalanie

(Berlin)

Appendix

Studio 1

Lecture/Performance

Religious provisions make it impossible to have a corpse cremated in Lebanon. In Appendix, Lina Majdalanie describes her radical decision to sidestep the law and nevertheless have her body abandoned to fire: she plans to have all her organs removed bit by bit and the limbs amputated and sold as art objects. The degree to which the performer methodically pursues these thoughts and in doing so focuses on the degree of violence, which religion and the state exert on the bodies of individuals, is fascinating and shocking. As in her many collaborations with Rabih Mroué, Majdalani’s performance blurs the boundaries between personal life, art and politics. Appendix is also Lina Majdalanie’s inaugural lecture to mark the beginning of her Friedrich Hölderlin Guest Professorship at the Goethe University Frankfurt.

In French with German and English surtitles.

Concept, Text, Performance: Lina Majdalanie.