Without Reduction–a twelve-hour radio broadcast by Book Works for The Happy Hypocrite
Without Reduction is a twelve-hour radio event to mark the twelfth and final issue of The Happy Hypocrite, edited by Maria Fusco (The Happy Hypocrite 12: Without Reduction). It will be broadcast on Resonance Extra on 25 September 2021, from midday–midnight.
The Happy Hypocrite is a journal for and about experimental art writing, founded by Maria Fusco in 2008 and published by Book Works. This radio event will expand upon themes in the printed journal – commissioning new audio work from contributors to this issue, and the eleven previous ones.
This project builds on The Happy Hypocrite’s history of organising national and international live events which have accompanied each issue, exploring the tension between the spoken and written word. Contributors include previous guest-editors: Lynne Tillman, Mason Leaver-Yap, Sophia Al-Maria, Hannah Sawtell, Virginija Januškevičiūtė, Erica Scourti, and issue 10 editorial assistant Huw Lemmey. From Without Reduction, The Happy Hypocrite, issue 12: Mohamed Abdelkarim; Andreia Afonso; Leila Al-Yousuf; Alison Ballance; Jordan Baseman; Ohad Ben Shimon; Kelly Best & Siân Williams; Claire Biddles, Nastya Nikolskaya & Mathew Wayne Parkin; Oisin Byrne; Julia Calver; Anna Chapman Parker; Holly Corfield Carr; Jesse Darling; Daphne de Sonneville; Seán Elder; Tim Etchells; Carl Gent; Dale Holmes; Adrien Howard & K Patrick; Agnė Jokšė; Sophie Jung; Sumaya Kassim; Rebecca La Marre; Amy Lam; Mohamedali Ltaief; Robert Hertbert McClean; Chris McCormack; Susana Medina & Roc Stanford; Joseph Noonan Ganley; Jaakko Pallasvuo; Joanna Walsh.
A Lebanese Archive is based on a collection of archival photographs from Lebanon and the Middle East, which came into the hands of Ania Dabrowska when she was artist-in-residence at Arlington hostel Camden, London. It belongs to Diab Alkarssifi, a Lebanese émigré, who was living there at the time. The images were taken and collected by Alkarssifi over a lifetime: thousands of photographic prints, and negatives, including his numerous photographic assignments, images of everyday life in his home city of Baalbeck on the Syrian border and in Beirut, his student years in the early 1970s in Moscow and Budapest and, most extraordinarily his collection of found images from studios in Baalbeck, Beirut, Damascus and Cairo – photographs of society, family and friends, and Arab life in Lebanon, Palestine, Kuwait, Egypt, Syria and Iraq, that he passionately accumulated and saved. The images give an intimate insight into the cultural, everyday and political history of this region, from 1993 to as far back as 1889.
New solo show from Shy Radicals author Hamja Ahsan
A new exhibition by Hamja Ahsan – I don’t belong here – opens in Ljubljana this Friday. In 2019 Hamja Ahsan won the Grand Prize at the Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts for his work Aspergistan Referendum, which asked residents to vote to join the imaginary state of shy, introverted and autistic people first outlined in Shy Radicals. 72 percent of the voters decided to join. Ahsan now returns to Slovenia with this show incorporating the ideas of the book, the artwork, the short film released last year, and the many ways the project has grown and adapted since Shy Radicals first appeared in 2017.
The exhibition runs from 10 September–21 November 2021, as part of the Ljubljana Biennial. For more information visit the website. You can also listen to a Spotify playlist made to accompany the exhibition here.
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