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Salon Marie Rose: Queer Arabs in Exile
November 5 @ 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Welcome to Salon Marie Rose: Queer Arabs in Exile, a day including a pop-up library, films on loop, finger food, poetry and readings hosted by Frida Marida and ending with a stand-up comedy show with Shaden (comedy show in Arabic only). Salon Marie Rose is taking place at Melahuset on Saturday 5 November from 15.00 to 22.00.
A queer Arab exilic pop-up social gathering space in Oslo, Salon Marie Rose is commemorating the memory of the beautiful and mountainous queer artist, poet and writer Etel Adnan (1925-2021) who passed away in November 2021, and takes its inspiration from her novel about the Lebanese civil war “Sitt Marie Rose”.
Adnan’s composite and diasporic identities that include Greek and Syrian parents, Lebanese upbringing, American and French exiles has been a towerting inspiration for queer Arab arts and literature for more than five decades. Adnan’s multidisciplinary practice, emancipatory and whimsical in form and content, coupled with her cosmopolitan national and gender identities provide a prismatic backdrop for Salon Marie Rose as a queer Arab exilic pop-up social gathering space in Oslo.
Salon Marie Rose (matiné)
FREE entry – Language: English and Arabic
- 15.00: Salon Marie Rose is open
- 15.00-18.00: Mingling & a pop-up library & films on loop with possibility of buying books by and about queer arabs curated for this event
Salon Marie Rose (soirée)
Get ticket – Language: English and Arabic
- 18.00: Opening by Frida Marida & serving finger food
- 18.15-18.45: Poetry reading in memory of Etel Adnan reading by Rana Issa, Raphael Amahl Khouri and Suneela Mubayi.
- 19.00-19.50: Film screening: Ismyrna (2016, 50 min) Directed by Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige
- 20.30-21.45: Stand-up comedy show with Shaden (in Arabic only)
After six sold-out shows in Paris, Berlin and Amsterdam and more than 80 sold-out shows in Beirut, Shaden will be performing her latest special _All Hell Broke Loose_ in Oslo for the first time ever at Melahuset on Saturday, 5. November!
Film program during Salon Marie Rose
Films on loop during Salon Marie Rose (matiné)
Marco (2019, 22′)
Directed by Saleem Haddad
Language: English & Arabic
Omar has been living in London for a decade. He spends his days working in the City, and his nights ignoring phone calls from his family back in Lebanon. One evening, restless after another pleading voicemail from his mother, he invites over Marco, a Spanish student newly-arrived in London, who’s doing sex work to earn some extra cash. But when Marco arrives, Omar can’t shake the feeling that something’s not quite right about the young man. As their night together progresses truths are revealed, defences are lowered, and Omar discovers the lengths that Marco has gone to to arrive in London.
Runaway Arab (2018, 12′)
Directed by Amrou Al-Kadhi
NAZEEM is a 26 year old Middle Eastern drag queen who names herself QUEEN ZA DREAM – she is preparing for a show with the utmost gravity, with an outfit evocative of an Egyptian deity.
Interwoven with this is the story of NAZEEM as a genderqueer 8 year-old boy, and the close bond he has with his Iraqi-Egyptian mother, HALIMA. Whilst flamboyant and in many ways a drag queen herself on the surface, HALIMA is governed by the strict expectations of gender in Arab society.
When a young NAZEEM transgresses these boundaries, HALIMA reacts in a way that is utterly confusing to him. Only though his drag, is the adult NAZEEM able to keep sacred the memories of his mother before this painful moment, and hold on to their connection.
Film screening during Salon Marie Rose (soirée)
Ismyrna (2016, 50)
Directed by Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige
Joana met the artist and poet Etel Adnan at the end of the 1990s. They quickly grew close, bound by links to a city they had never been to: Smyrna formerly, Izmir today. Joana’s paternal Greek family were forced into exile from Smyrna by the Turkish armies after the end of the Ottoman Empire. Etel’s Greek mother, was born in Smyrna, married to a Syrian officer of the Ottoman Army and exiled to Lebanon after the fall of the empire. Etel and Joana lived in an imaginary Smyrna, today Izmir, without ever setting foot there. At present, both find themselves engaged in questions around the transmission of history, and interrogate their attachment to objects, places, the constructions of imaginaries and mythologies without images. Their personal experiences, their stories serve as a background to the region’s changes after the fall of the Ottoman Empire, the evolution of the borders questionning the notion of identity and belonging.
Salon Marie Rose is a project by Masahat for Arab Culture in Exile, in collaboration with Skeiv Verden, Oslo World and Melahuset.