Moad Musbahi utilises exhibition making, video installation and writing to investigate migration as a method for cultural production and political expression. Through researching the movement of stories, people, and sound, he focuses on the social practices and forms of knowledge that displacement engenders.
At Gasworks, Musbahi will begin a new collaborative project with Skye Arundhati Thomas on the family as a mechanism to navigate personal memory and resist dominate political narratives. Drawing on the often fragmented, denied, and erased nature of the elements that compose individual family histories, they will employ techniques of speculative fiction and documentary practice. The work will be produced alongside a series of public study sessions that they will organise throughout the residency.
Musbahi will also continue working on Corners of Continuity, a multi-part video installation that explores the ancestral claims of families settling in Algeria from the nineties until the present day. Supported by the Sharjah Art Foundation’s Production Programme, he will use his time at Gasworks to experiment with various projection and spatial strategies, to explore different modalities of representing the claims and their wider implications for border regimes and mobility.
Moad Musbahi is an artist and curator who works between London and Tripoli. He recently curated In Pursuit of Images at the Architectural Association, London (2020); and was a member of the curatorial team for the inaugural Sharjah Architecture Triennial, Sharjah (2019). Recent work has been presented in Archives of Forgetfulness, Johannesburg (2021); Jameel Arts Center, Dubai (2020) and Beirut Art Center, Beirut (2019). He writes regularly in English and Arabic, and has been published in Failed States Journal, (2021); Kayfa-Ta Press, (2020); AA Files, (2019); and the Funambulist Magazine (2018).
Gasworks Studio Residencies are a response to outbreak of Covid-19, which has caused the postponement our international residency programme. Until the programme can resume, the residency studios have been made available to London-based artists and writers who are currently unable to afford their own dedicated workspace.