Friday Hangout #8 with Layla Madanat, Reem Karssli and Doha Aboelezz

This event took place on 22 May 2020.

Our Friday Hangout series brings together people interested in Arab culture for an online chat over their lunch breaks, wherever they may be currently ‘locked down’ in the world.

This Friday we’re delighted to be joined by some of the artists and producers behind Young Shubbak’s new digital programme Bayti Baytek (My Home is Your Home).

For Bayti Baytek, six geographically remote artists that otherwise would have never met paired up to take a room of the home as their stimulus for a digital exchange process. In a rapid timeline of five days, three new works were created, including A Space in Time by artists Reem Karssli and Doha Aboelezz. Ahead of its premiere on Saturday, Reem and Doha will share their experiences of creating under the rapid response brief, and introduce us to their wider practices. We will also be joined by producer Layla Madanat, who as part of the Young Shubbak collective worked closely with the artists on their commission and helped devise the project itself.

Reem Karssli is a Syrian filmmaker and video artist who has recently moved to Berlin. In order to share the stories she needs to tell, many of which are encounters of war, flight and rescue, the genre Reem turns to most is documentary. Doha Aboelezz is a Cairo-based visual and installation artist. Her work draws upon notions of home, locality, belonging, and identity. Layla Madanat is one of the Young Shubbak producers who are leading the Bayti Baytek (My Home is Your Home) digital initiative. See below for more info.

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Shubbak is Europe’s largest biennial festival of contemporary Arab culture. Shubbak connects London audiences and communities with the best of contemporary Arab culture through ambitious festival programmes of premieres and commissions of visual arts, film, music, theatre, dance, and literature. The last festival featured 230 artists in over 60 events at 25 locations from 28 June–14 July 2019.


Young Shubbak are a collective of 18-25-year-old artists, curators, producers and creatives who programme multi-art form events that are relevant to young people’s cultural experience, and promote inclusivity in the arts. Layla Madanat is one of the Young Shubbak producers who are leading the Bayti Baytek (My Home is Your Home) digital initiative.




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