Pars Pro Toto III
About the Book
Pars Pro Toto III is the result of a close dialog between Egyptian-German artist Susan Hefuna and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist. The focus in this book is on Hefuna’s complex work groups on site-specific and architectural installations, video works and choreographies. Hefuna uses urban spaces and cities like Cairo, London, Istanbul, Sharjah, Sydney, New York, and Vienna as her laboratory. The artist interacts with dancers, communities, urban and human structures in both personal and political ways. Pars Pro Toto III also features a foreword by Hans Ulrich Obrist, an interview with the Egyptian writer Nawal El Saadawi, as well as texts by the Lebanese-American artist and poet Etel Adnan, by Negar Azimi, Senior Editor of BidounMagazine, and by Brett Littman, director of the Drawing
About the Book
Etel Adnan was born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1925. She studied philosophy at the Sorbonne, U.C. Berkeley, and at Harvard, and taught at Dominican College in San Rafael, California, from 1958–1972. In solidarity with the Algerian War of Independence (1954–1962), Adnan began to resist the political implications of writing in French and became a painter. Then, through her participation in the movement against the Vietnam War (1959–1975), she began to write poetry and became, in her words, “an American poet.” In 1972, she returned to Beirut and worked as cultural editor for two daily newspapers—first for Al Safa, then for L’Orient le Jour. Her novel Sitt Marie-Rose, published in Paris in 1977, won the France-Pays Arabes award and has been translated into more than ten languages. In 1977, Adnan re-established herself in California, making Sausalito her home, with frequent stays in Paris. Adnan is the author of more than a dozen books in English, including Journey to Mount Tamalpais (1986) The Arab Apocalypse (1989), In the Heart of the Heart of Another Country (2005), and Sea and Fog (2012), winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry and the California Book Award for Poetry. In 2014, she was awarded one of France’s highest cultural honors: l’Ordre de Chevalier des Arts et Lettres. Many of her poems have been put to music by Tania Leon, Henry Treadgill, Gavin Bryars, Zad Moultaka, Annea Lockwood, and Bun Ching Lam. Her paintings have been widely exhibited, including Documenta 13, the 2014 Whitney Biennial, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, The New Museum, and Museum der Moderne Salzburg. In 2014, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art mounted a retrospective of her work.Nawal El Saadawi is an internationally renowned Egyptian feminist writer, activist and psychiatrist. She is founder and president of the Arab Women's Solidarity Association and co-founder of the Arab Association for Human Rights. She holds honorary doctorates from, among others, the universities of York, Illinois at Chicago, St Andrews and Tromso as well as Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Her many prizes and awards include the Premi Internacional Catalunya in 2003, the Council of Europe North–South Prize in 2004, the Women of the Year Award (UK) in 2011, the Sean MacBride Peace Prize (Ireland) in 2012, and the French National Order of Merit in 2013. Among her numerous roles in public office she served as the National Director of Public Health and stood as a candidate in the 2004 Egyptian Presidential elections. Saadawi is the subject of the film She Spoke the Unspeakable, broadcast in February 2017 in the BBC One series Imagine. Her works have been translated into over forty languages and are taught at universities worldwide. They include Two Women in One, Memoirs of a Woman Doctor and Love in the Kingdom of Oil (all by Saqi Books).