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Regine Basha: “Tuning Baghdad”
May 5, 2011 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
| Stevenson Fireside Lounge
Regine Basha has been an curator of contemporary art and art writer since the early 1990s. Her exhibition and writing history can be found on bashaprojects.com. Amongst her most recent projects is Tuning Baghdad, an audio-visual forum for chronicling Iraqi-Jewish music scene and their house parties (based on her own background). This ongoing project brings to light the movement of this diasporic community and their displacement from Iraq as evidenced through their love of Arabic music and the Iraqi Maqam. Basha currently sits on the board of the foundation Art Matters (New York), Aurora Picture Show (Houston) and is a Curatorial Host to Cabinet Magazine’s new space in Gowanus, Brooklyn.
Regine Basha will discuss the background of Tuning Baghdad, the decisions behind creating it online and not as a documentary, and the future plans for the site. During the course of the talk, she will show video, play audio collages and present books related to the subject. If all goes according to plan, a surprise guest may be invited to sing over Skype video.
Regine Basha will give this talk in her capacity as visiting scholar at the Center for Jewish Studies.
Staff support provided by the Institute for Humanities Research.