august, 2019

sun4aug1:00 PM- 3:00 PMFestival of Cinema NYC Presents: Monuments and Flowers - A Special Presentation by Arte EastA Special Presentation at the Queens Museum1:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, New York City Building, Corona, NY 11368

Event Details

Monuments & Flowers

Monuments & Flowers brings together a selection of seminal video work culled from the archives of ArteEast with the work of contemporary voices.

ArteArchive* collection works by Yto Barrada, Maha Maamoun, and Basim Magdy, and presenting Lara Baladi and Malak Helmy.

Curated by Regine Basha

Monuments & Flowers draws from the particularly accelerated ebb and flow of destruction and construction, death and regeneration — of cities, of ideologies, of nationalities, of quotidian life and ecosystems —  that the region termed the ‘Middle East’ is continually undergoing. The artists selected here internalize this state of constant flux, employing both fictional and diaristic narratives while collapsing the hyper-real with the surreal.  Scenes from daily life become infused with a subconscious overlay of desire, fear, alienation or utopian longings. Through highly evocative mixed use of time-based media; ranging from found super 8mm, to stained celluloid, to CGI, many of the works lean towards a retro-futurist lens that is highly attentive to the minutiae and habits of locale, yet slippery in its chronology.

*Monuments & Flowers is presented as part of the ArteEast legacy program Unpacking the ArteArchive,  preserving and presenting over 15 years of film and video programming by ArteEast.





Yto Barrada (Morocco)

Hand-Me-Downs, 2011

16mm and 8mm film transferred to video, color, sound; 15’

Malak Helmy (Egypt)

Keyword Searches for Dust, 2009

Single-channel digital film, 5’ 39”

Basim Magdy (Egypt)

The Color of the Sky Radiates Forgetfulness, 2014

Super 16mm film transferred to HD video, 11’ 09”

Maha Maamoun (Egypt)

Most Fabulous Place, 2008

Single-channel video, 1’

Domestic Tourism II, 2009

Single-channel video, 62’

Lara Baladi (Egypt/Lebanon)
Don’t Touch Me Tomatoes & Chachacha, 2013
Video and 7.1 surround sound installation, 370X120 inches, 180 degrees projection. 8’48”
Production Image Urubu Films. Commissioned by Dior.

This program was made possible with partial support to ArteEast from The New York Community Trust, and for ArteEast’s ArteArchive project by The New York State Council on the Arts


(Sunday) 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST


Queens Museum

Flushing Meadows Corona Park, New York City Building, Corona, NY 11368