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Mark For Redaction

October 11 @ 8:00 am - November 11 @ 5:00 pm

October 11 – November 11
Opening Reception, Oct 12, 6pm
Open Hours: Thursday – Sunday, 1 pm – 6pm or by appointment
See Full Calendar below



By Hossein Edalatkhah

Mark for Redaction is a group exhibition from October 11 until November 11, envisioned by former flux resident Razan Al-Salah and curated by Hilal Khalil, this exhibition showcases multi-disciplinary forms of contemporary art from self-identified Kweer (queer), lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and/or gender non-conforming people who have ties to what is colloquially known al-‘ālam al-‘arabī (South West Asia and North Africa (SWANA)) and the respective diaspora.

Mark for Redaction seeks to build community and provide a safe(r) space for artists to discuss and unpack the many layers of identity by displaying personal works of art that challenges notions of visibility, “Kweerness”, and “coming out” in relation to the colonialist concepts of the “Orient” and the “Occident”. Set in a reimagined apartment that mirrors the private apartments and studios of “Kweer” artists, Mark for Redaction presents installations, performances, workshops, screenings, and discussions.


List of Artists 
Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhran,  Alex KhalifaAlireza ShojaianCaitlin Abadir-MullallyDiyarEric Mathieu RitterHossein Edalatkhah Jamil HelluMaya MikdashiNaji RajiNoura BalloutRaed Rafei, Rami Karim, Ramy El-EtrebyRoy DibWael MorcosWarda AlkandariZulfikar Ali Bhutto


*more artists will be listed after inspection

Full Schedule
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Flux Thursday: hosted by Tarab NYC
October 11 
7pm meal // 8pm workshop begins
(National Coming Out Day)

Please join Flux Factory and Tarab NYC on Thursday, October 11th, for our monthly community potluck and art salon. This month’s Flux Thursday falls on National Coming Out Day and one day before the opening reception for Mark For Redaction. To recognize the day and open the exhibition to our community, Curator Hilal Khalil has invited Tarab NYC to help us critically investigate the concept of “coming out.”

Take a look at the full description of this program here. The event is free, but please do bring food or drink to share!

October 12
Opening Reception and Party!

Opening reception 6-7pm 
Dance Party 8pm 
Let us know you’re coming on Facebook

October 13, 8pm
El3aza [al-azaa]
by Noura Ballout

El3aza is a funeral, we morn the people and things we have lost. On October 13th , we morn the loss of language, the loss of land, the loss of family, the loss of “chosen family”, the loss of lovers, the loss of love.

The dress code for this funeral is all black. The 3aza will take place in the Habibi room, no shoes in this space. Bring with you your grief and we shall collectively grieve.

Noura Ballout is a Detroit based Artist, Curator, and Entrepreneur.  
Take a look at the full description of this program here.

October 21, 5pm 
Shorts Program

A screening of selected short films and videos

Followed by a conversation by Lily Hook

Outside/In by Suzy Salamy 
2010 مونديال / Mondial 2010 by Roy Dib
Tomorrow We Inherit the Earth by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto

How can people reconcile a profound love for their culture with societal prohibitions that do not recognize the nuances of who they are? Can LGBTQ rights be divorced from politics or treated in isolation from other human rights? These are some of the questions that are explored in Outside/In, a short documentary. The film follows three Lebanese Queer activists who struggle to merge their personal and political beliefs through their activist efforts while maintaining their own identities.

This event is a part of the Mark for Redaction Film Screenings Program. Take a look at the full schedule.

October 28, 5pm
Screening of Deseos رغبات 
2015, 30 minutes
Film by Carlos Motta
followed by discussion with Maya Mikdashi
The film Deseos / رغبات (Desires) exposes the ways in which medicine, law, religion, and cultural tradition shaped dominant discourses of the gendered and sexual body through the narration of two parallel stories. The first is that of Martina, who lived in Colombia during the late colonial period of the early 19th century. The second is the fictionalized life of Nour, who lived in Beirut during the late Ottoman Empire. Part documentary and part fiction, the film presents an imaginary correspondence between these women. Separated by geography, culture, and religion they both faced the consequences of defying sex and gender norms

The colonial court prosecuted Martina in 1803 for being a “hermaphrodite” after being accused by her female lover of having an “unnatural” body. Martina was tried in a court of law and ultimately set free after medical doctors appointed by the court were unable to find evidence of her lover’s accusation. This story is documented in the 1803 legal case found in the Archivo General de la Nación in Bogotá, Colombia.

Meanwhile in Beirut, Nour was married to her lover’s brother after Nour’s mother found them making love. Despite the fact that Nour’s story does not occur in a courtroom nor is it found in a legal case, notions of Islamic and late Ottoman laws, cultures, and histories condition her narrative.

This event is a part of the Mark for Redaction Film Screenings Program. Take a look at the full schedule.

November 3

Selected works by Raed Rafei
Salam (20 min)

Here I am … Here you are (70 min)

Tripoli Stonewall (work in progress) 
followed by discussion with Raed Rafei

This event is a part of the Mark for Redaction Film Screenings Program. Take a look at the full schedule.

November 4, 4pm
74 (The Reconstitution of a Struggle)
, 2012, 90 min

A political docu-fiction work about the occupation of AUB in 74 seen from the modern lens of current Arab uprisings.

Raed Rafei is a Lebanese filmmaker, writer and multimedia journalist. For over ten years, he was a reporter for national and international publications covering political, social and economic issues in the Middle East. He also worked as a researcher, producer and director on many TV news reports and documentaries for channels like Al-Jazeera, CNN and ARTE. Since 2011, Rafei has been making independent hybrid films. He made two feature films: 74 (The Reconstitution of a Struggle) (2012) (co-directed with Rania Rafei), and Here I am … Here you are(2016); and two short films: Prologue (2011) and Salam (2017). His films have screened at international film festivals and received several prizes. Rafei is currently based in California where he is pursuing a PhD in Film and Digital Media at the University of California in Santa Cruz.

November 10th, 8pm
The Ride by Ramy El-Etreby

The Ride is a live storytelling by an Arab American writer, performer, storyteller and educator, Ramy El-Etreby. 

Ramy El-Etreby is a queer, Muslim, Arab American writer, performer, storyteller and educator based in Los Angeles, California. His writings have appeared in The Huffington Post, Queerty, KCET, the award-winning blog Love Inshallah. Ramy’s story, ”The Ride”, is featured in the ground-breaking anthology, Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex, and Intimacy, which he has developed into a solo theatre piece. Ramy currently works as a teaching artist in L.A. with the Geffen Playhouse and Center Theatre Group. He is a VONA/Voices fellow and holds an MA in Applied Theatre from the CUNY School of Professional Studies.

November 11, 1 to 5pm
Salon Al-Mahjar

Gallery is open at 12:00pm for viewings.
Ghada’ (Lunch غداء) will be served at 1:00pm
Open Mic / Performances at 2:00pm

Salon Al-Mahjar صالون المهجر is an open mic for immigrant queer, trans, and allied artists, actors, writers, storytellers, activists, feminists, singers, musicians, poets, thinkers, teachers, and historians from West Asia and North Africa.

We gather to celebrate each other’s voices, exchange ideas, engage in each other’s passions, counteract censorship, promote and support each other, give and receive constructive feedback, and challenge what may be considered inappropriate “ayb” عيب or “haram” حرام.



October 11 @ 8:00 am
November 11 @ 5:00 pm
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