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Travelling Exhibition

Your Ghosts Are Mine – Expanded Cinemas, Amplified Voices


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On view at ACP–Palazzo Franchetti in Venice, the exhibition highlights works by more than 40 filmmakers and video artists.

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Coinciding with the 60th International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale, Your Ghosts Are Mine – Expanded Cinemas, Amplified Voices brings the visions of dozens of filmmakers and video artists from the Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia to the art world’s most prestigious stage. It includes selected films supported, co-financed or initiated by the Doha Film Institute and video works from the collections of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art and the future Art Mill Museum.

The exhibition presents a journey in moving images through contemporary experiences of community life and memory, transnational crossings and exile. The works span multiple genres: fiction, documentary, animation and memoir, often blending invented narrative with fact, modernity with tradition and spirituality with postcolonial sensibilities. It features excerpts from more than 40 works by as many directors from Algeria (Hassen Ferhani, Tariq Teguia), Egypt (Morad Mostafa, Sameh Alaa), Ethiopia (Jessica Beshir), Iran (Shirin Neshat, Shoja Azari, Ali Asgari), Lebanon (Khalil Joreige & Joana Hadjithomas, Ali Cherri), Lesotho (Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese), Morocco (Faouzi Bensaïdi, Randa Maroufi, Asmae El Moudir), Palestine (Elia Suleiman, Raed Andoni, Larissa Sansour, Abdallah Al-Khateeb), Qatar (Hamida Issa, Amal Al-Muftah, Majid Al Remaihi, A. J. Al-Thani, Rawda Al Thani), Sudan (Suzannah Mirghani), Mauritania (Abderrhamane Sissako), Syria (Yasser Kassab, Mohamad Malas, Fares Fayyad), Senegal (Ramata-Toulaye Sy), Yemen (Shaima Al Tamimi), and from a dozen other countries, as well as video works by artists such as Wael Shawky, Lida Abdul, Hassan Khan, and Sophia Al Maria.

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Morad Mostafa. I Promise You Paradise, 2023. Film Still. Courtesy © Bonanza Films

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Two film stills from Sophia Al Maria's Black Friday, 2016. Digital video, color, sound. Collection of the artist; courtesy The Third Line, Dubai

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The exhibition is produced by Qatar Museums, in collaboration with Media City Qatar, and co-organised by Doha Film Institute, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art and the future Art Mill Museum in collaboration with ACP Art Capital Partners.

Also In Venice

The exhibition is one of several Qatar Museums initiatives coinciding with the Venice Biennale. Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art is lending several works from major Arab modern artists to be exhibited in Foreigners Everywhere, the main exhibition of the 60th International Art Exhibition curated by Adriano Pedrosa. Qatar Museums is also a supporter of the Nigeria Pavilion at the Biennale and the founding sponsor of the Art for Tomorrow conference, which takes place in Venice from 5 to 7 June 2024.