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Mazen Maarouf

Repairing the Future

With the video interview series Repairing the future, BOZAR wants to give a new impetus to thinking about the future by giving a platform to scientists, artists and thinkers from different fields. Economics, ecology, mobility, architecture are all covered, as well as beauty and solace. This week journalist Chris Keulemans talks to author Mazen Maarouf.

Conversation in English with subtitles available in English, Dutch and French.

This interview was recorded before the August 4 explosion in Beirut.

Mazen Maarouf (1978) is a Palestinian-Icelandic author, poet, translator and journalist. He is the son of Palestinian refugees and grew up in Lebanon. He has already published three collections of poetry that have been translated into numerous languages. His collection of short stories, Jokes for the Gunmen, has been praised by readers and press alike and was translated in 10 languages.

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“What I loved about the lockdown is that you have all these artists who were just people who never did art before. And then they came up with videos on social media, video art that is very natural and very creative. So it triggered this creative side in some people and I think this is one of the good things. Art, reading, communicating with people, sharing stories... these are all great forms of soothing the horror and the trauma.”

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"We can't step into any future without social justice."

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An initiative of BOZAR, Knack and Le Soir.
In collaboration with: VUB redelijk eigenzinnig, VUB Crosstalks. 

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