Rabih Mroué is among a new generation of artistic voices
from the Lebanon developing a reputation both in the Lebanon and
internationally for their acutely observed and formally innovative
Rabih Mroué (1967, Beirut) is an actor, director and playwright.
In 1990, he began by putting on his own plays, performances and
videos. His works are recently in great demand in the European art
scene. He is in constant search for new and contemporary relations
among all the different elements and languages of the theater art
forms; questioning the definitions of theater and the relationship
between Space and Form of the performance and how the performer
can deal with the audience. His work is minimalist and utilizes
various media such as video, performance or theatre. His works deal
more with political issues that the Lebanese political attitude
is trying hard to disregard. He draws attention tons more broader
political economic contexts by making semi documentary theatres,
and develops from it works where "Truth and Fiction" are
intermingled, creating "small histories", about the city
of Beirut and the Middle East region in its expression of some unpalatable
norms about the Arab identity and other conflicts. From theatre
practice to politics, from the problematic of representations to
his private life, his search for "Truth" begins via documents,
photos and found objects, fabricating other documents other "Truths"
as if the work becomes more and more a dissection table for the
dubious processes of Lebanon's war society. With this growing amount
of materials, a surrealistic saga unfolds, which constantly teases
at the proposition that "between the truth and a lie, there
is but a hair". His latest piece "Looking for a missing
Employee" is an investigation performance where the artist
becomes a "detective" interested in using documents of
actuality to understand how rumours, public accusations, national
political conflicts and scandals act on the public sphere as shaped
by print media. Mroué incorporates radical criticism particularly
in his video imagery. While never losing a sense of a certain humor,
Biokraphia shrewdly provides a space to consider the invention of
biography, with all its dreams, failings and idiosyncrasies, within
the frame of the beginning of a history.
Among Mroués works:
2003 -2004: "LOOKING FOR A MISSING EMPLOYEE".
2003: "BIR-ROOH BID-DAM". 2003: "LIMP BODIES",
Tannzquartier Wien, Denkmal project.
2002: BIOKHRAPHIA with Lina Saneh, Ashkal Alwan production.
2001: FACE A / FACE B.
2000: RED DEAD ZONE with Feyrouz Serhal, Ashkal Alwan
2000: THREE POSTERS, with Elias Khoury, Festival Ayloul
1998: COME IN SIR WE ARE WAITING FOR YOU OUTSIDE with
1997: EXTENSION 19, Festival Ayloul production.
1995: LA PRISON DE SABLE. 1993: THE LIFT.