‘Aesthetics of the Political’

19 June'21

SoundImageCulture presents: Aesthetics of the Political

Image: ©Oraib Toukan

Ticket price: 10 EUR


SoundImageCulture is happy to invite you to Aesthetics of the Political, a program of collective reflection on how artists translate their political ideas into aesthetic form in their work. The day is centered around creating collective encounters to watch films and reflect together on the different strategies artists use in their work.

We begin the day with Samah Hijawi and Maxime Jean-Baptiste who will map out some thoughts and ideas around how we define ‘the political’. Together they will invite us into the subject by sharing their reflections on things that inspire them; quotes and images they keep close to heart when dealing with politically charged stories in their work. This will be followed by a screening of Maxime Jean-Baptiste’s film.
In the afternoon, we will come together for a screening and a reflection guided by Oraib Toukan that explores our ‘consumption’ of mediatized images from colonised contexts around the world.  This will be followed by a performance by Sana Ghobbeh that unpacks the multiple histories embedded in just one simple image. We break and continue the conversation together in The Royal Park, ending the day with the premier of Odyssey by Sabine Groenewegen.

Aesthetics of the Political is an on-going research by Samah Hijawi that takes time to explore the critical language and forms of resistance in artistic works. 


11:00-13:00 Opening discussion, screening and reflection (Studio)
Conversation between Samah Hijawi and Maxime Jean-Baptiste
(Avant Premiere) Moune Ô - Maxime Jean-Baptiste
Lunch in the Park (Royal)
15:00-17:00  Screening and Talk (Studio)
When Things Occur - Oraib Toukan 
Thinking through Cruel Images, Oraib Toukan 
17:30-18:30 Performance (Atelier De Bouwmeester - Ravensteingalerij 54-59, 1000 Brussel)
This Wall Grows at the Root - by Sana Ghobbeh
Light Dinner in the Park (Royal)
​​​​​​​21:00-22:30 Film screening (Studio)
(Premier) Odyssey—Sabine Groenewegen


Presented by SoundImageCulture. In partnership with Chair Mahmoud Darwich, BOZAR, Pianofabriek and Beursschouwburg. Supported by VGC, SCAM, SABAM for Culture, Kunstenwerkplaats, OMAM/MSH. Design: Miriam Hempel/daretoknow.

Practical information



Rue Ravenstein 23 1000 BRUSSELS


  • English Dutch Arabic Creoles and pidgins (Other) Portuguese
  • Subtitles: English



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