Revealing by Concealing- The Work of Ghassan Salhab: Moving between Film, Video Art and Poetry (Arabic Studies)
After obtaining her Master’s degree in Arabic Studies with Professor Angelika Neuwirth at the Freie Universität Berlin, Lotte Laub (née Fasshauer) worked at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin, including on the Taswir – Pictorial Mappings of Islam and Modernity exhibition. She took part in workshops at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin – Institute for Advanced Study and at the Centre for Literary and Cultural Research in Berlin as part of the Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe project. She was a doctoral scholarship holder at the Orient-Institut Beirut in 2010 before working on a freelance basis at the ha’atelier – platform for philosophy and art in 2011. She has been a PhD student at the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School since October 2011.
Lotte’s PhD project deals with the work of contemporary Lebanese filmmaker, video artist and poet Ghassan Salhab from a synchronic and diachronic perspective. The project brings together the humanities and fine arts and focuses on notions of intermediality and melancholic expression that emerge in periods of disorder provoked by war and subsequent re-orientation. It is not only lyrical texts that play a prominent role in Ghassan Salhab films, as the imagery and overall texture can also be described as lyrical. The project therefore aims to apply theories of lyricism to Salhab’s oeuvre, at the same time taking into account the predominance of oral, poetic narration in the Arabo-Islamic tradition and how this has been reflected in art.