IN DEVELOPMENT: TWO BOLD WORKS ON QUEERNESS
NO ONE LIKES AN UGLY REVOLUTIONARY
Mette Loulou von Kohl
With frank honesty Palestinian/Danish/US-based artist Mette Loulou von Kohl delves into her infatuation with Palestinian freedom fighter, hijacker and icon Leila Khaled. Alternating between reverence and fetish, and grappling with her own position on racism, orientalism, sexuality and lineage of resistance and activism, No One Likes An Ugly Revolutionary becomes a cauldron of conflicting forces – yet told with disarming charm and poignant irony.
THIS IS NOT A MEMORIZED SCRIPT, THIS IS A WELL-REHEARSED STORY
Dima Mikhayel Matta
‘Yesterday, I woke up with the certainty that holding hands with the woman I love in Beirut is revolutionary.’
The body is the city. The city is the body. Dima Mikhayel Matta draws a powerful picture of her queer existence in relation to Beirut. Remembering past and current relationships, childhood memories and confronting prejudice head-on, Matta’s pithy text accuses, moves and reflects in equal measure. Dima Mikhayel Matta is a writer, professor, actor and spoken word artist. In 2014 she founded the popular storytelling initiative Cliffhangers.
Presented with additional support from Arab fund for Arts and Culture, British Council, Cockayne Grants for the Arts and London Community Foundation.
Image L-R: Joseph Maalouf & Lippe