Artist talk

Saturday 23 April 2016 at 7:30 pm 

Contour Biennale 8 curator, Natasha Ginwala in conversation with filmmakers and artists Louis Henderson, Basir Mahmood and Judy Radul.

Reading the Lens – Evidence Today, Fiction Tomorrow

Contour Biennale 8 takes place between 11 March and 21 May 2017 across several venues in Mechelen. Over twenty artists from different parts of the world are invited to showcase newly commissioned and recent works. During the Artist Talk in the context of the Biennale, working methodologies that dwell between fact and fiction will be highlighted. The conversation will form an inquiry towards the lens as a subject that narrates ubiquitous truths and controls image-making


Centre for art and dialogue between cultures of the East and the West
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 67
1050 Brussels

By reservation only:
or +32 (0)2 627 52 30

Free entrance


Saturday 23 April 2016 at 9 pm 

Sahra Motalebi: Directory of Portrayals from Rendering What Remains, 2016

With Directory of Portayals, Motalebi presents a body of research she is currently conducting for her large-scale project Rendering What Remains – an opera that includes multiple performances, exhibitions, and a book. Working from a semi-autobiographical libretto, Directory is a music-based installation based on communications with her sister living in Iran whom she has never met. In the portrayal of this correspondence, Motalebi continues to examine themes of interiority, spirituality and the indeterminate contours of intimacy in digital communication, experimenting with various mechanisms of narrative and staging.

The visual element of Directory catalogues Motalebi’s various stage directions and scenographic content consisting of found footage as well the rehearsal of several maquettes. Motalebi’s first-person vocal music—the expression and technique of which extend her use of experimentation and torch song—is counterweighted by narrative choral interludes drawing on Georgian polyphonic patterns.


© Directory of Portrayals from Rendering What Remains, 2016, film still