The event Reading Group with Karim Kattan will take place on 20 October 2018, 14:00 – 18:00.
In the framework of Abbas and Abou-Rahme’s exhibition Karim Kattan and Karima Boudou (guest-curator public program) host a reading group that will focus on how writing is a space in which the absence of land is expressed and gives birth to an imaginary – both dense and patchy – informed by legends carrying hope, renewal and love.
The use of literature as a critical and creative tool has part of a history of debate among philosophers, writers, activists, artists. Such debates have investigated the questions of visibility, colonial history and language in critical ways with different generations of writers, from Zora Neale Hurston to James Baldwin, to Jean Genet and with a younger generation who has followed this legacy with writers and intellectuals such as Karim Kattan, who considers Palestine as his ‘literary country’. For the two reading groups, Kattan and Boudou will propose and discuss reading material related to both the Palestinian context as well as other literary references who have influenced them. Some of these are to be found in Kattan’s current research as a doctoral student on the topic of the literary image of the desert in post-colonial literature.
You can join both (20 & 21 October) or just one session
Reservation: email@example.com, subject reading group
Suggested donation: €15 per session
The texts will be provided by email in the first week of October