Lina Majdalanie

(Berlin)

Do I Know You?

Studio 1

Performance

In her solo performance Lina Majdalanie investigates the causes and the political, social and ethical implications of prosopagnosia – the inability to recognize and remember faces. Starting from her own personal experiences she examines the meaning of this phenomenon with regard to a society whose political and historical legacy is closely linked with metaphors and narratives of the face: in Lebanon’s declaration of independence in 1943, the nation declares itself a country with an “Arab face”. Only later, after the war, does Lebanon claim to be an “Arab country”. In ‘Do I Know You?’ the writer, director and actor Lina Majdalanie discusses the question of the basis on which strategies of identification, categorization and recognition arise or are put into practice.

In French with German and English surtitles