The Only thing left is to Leave (Online + Live) 

Video Performance. 04:21. 

An international commissioning project supported by the Keir Foundation, co-developed by Firstdraft and Beirut Art Center

When all is uprooted, does one stay to fight... or take flight? What of those who have always lived on the move, away from enclosures, family and field, census and consensus, monoculture and monolingualism, law and lord? What does it mean to live on the run?

The Only Thing Left is to Leave is an international commissioning project supported by the Keir Foundation, co-developed by Firstdraft and Beirut Art Center. The first part of this project is an online iteration, co-developed by Firstdraft and Beirut Art Center, featuring four artist commissions by Eddie Abd, Roy Dib, Morgan Hogg, and Chrystèle Khodr – individually premiering on Instagram TV from 28 February. Each of these interdisciplinary artists interrogates what paths are trodden and social formations woven, what common practices are formulated and networks of sustenance formed, when we move.

The second part of this project will materialise as a live performance program co-developed by Firstdraft and Arab Theatre Studio, launching 11 March in partnership with Art Month Sydney. Alongside the newly commissioned videos by Eddie Abd, Roy Dib, Morgan Hogg, and Chrystèle Khodr, the event will also feature live performances by artists Nicole Barakat, Hajer, Hussein Kahil, and Antoine Razouk and Jason Crowe.

Documentation: The Only Thing Left is to Leave, 2022, First Draft live night, curated by First Draft, Beirut Art Centre and Arab Theatre Studios, First Draft, Sydney, Aus. Documentation by Isabelle Virrey.  

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