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Rana Hamadeh, The Big Board or ‘And Before It Falls, It Is Only Reasonable to Enjoy Life a Little’

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Rana Hamadeh, The Big Board or ‘And Before It Falls It Is Only Reasonable To Enjoy Life A Little’, 2013. Performance and stage set with various objects, 118 × 59 × 27 1/2 in (300 × 150 × 70 cm).
Left: “Here and Elsewhere,” 2014. Exhibition view: New Museum. Photo: Benoit Pailley
Right: Performance: 12th Lyon Biennial, France. © Blaise Adilon

As part of “Here and Elsewhere,” the New Museum presents Rana Hamadeh’s The Big Board or ‘And Before It Falls, It Is Only Reasonable to Enjoy Life a Little’ (2013), a sculptural cartography or “stage set” activated through Hamadeh’s related performance lecture. The Big Board is a part of Hamadeh’s long-term research project “Alien Encounters,” which considers the notion of “alienness” by looking at the figure of the social outcast, the immigrant, and the extraterrestrial. Reminiscent of a war-room map unfurled on a large table, The Big Board charts connections between the techniques and terms shared by the domains of law and hygiene as represented through archival materials and artifacts. In her performance, Hamadeh dramatizes her evolving treatise on The Big Board‘s themes and subjects to propose a lyrical and constellated method of thinking through established histories and speculative futures.


“Here and Elsewhere” is made possible by

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

Elham and Tony Salamé

Major support provided by
Sirine and Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh
Saradar Collection
Maria and Malek Sukkar

The exhibition publication is made possible by Dana Farouki.

Airline Partner

The International Leadership Council of the New Museum is gratefully acknowledged.

Special thanks to The Standard, East Village.

Additional support provided by Patrick and May Merville and the Robert Mapplethorpe Photography Fund.

Additional support for the publication provided by the J. McSweeney and G. Mills Publications Fund at the New Museum.

Hiwa K’s performance, With Jim White Once Upon A Time in The West, is supported by Openvizor.

Support for Rana Hamadeh’s participation is provided by the Mondriaan Fund.

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