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Saturday 16 September 2023: Adania Shibli

  • 16 Sep 2023
  • 14:30 - 17:00
  • Maison Internationale des Associations, rue des Savoises 15, 1205 Geneva


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Place: MIA, rue des Savoises 15, 1205 Geneva

Time: 14:30-17:00

Workshop: Writing with Paintings

Paintings can be a unique source for exploring potential literary
styles. We start with the camera-like human perspective, marked by its
self-evidence and seeming truthfulness of seeing and showing, and of
being seen. Examples include paintings from European Renaissance, and
can be detected as active in classical writing styles. From there we
move in time back and forth, to examine respectively pre-modern
paintings (e.g. pre-Romanesque church paintings), and Modernist
paintings (e.g. Cubism). In such paintings, additional perspectives
may be found, which can direct us to literary imaginations that are
not bound by the classical style.

Adania suggests that participants bring an image of a painting that has
been haunting them, or that they have been moved by to a great extent.


Adania Shibli (Palestine, 1974) has written novels, plays, short stories and narrative essays. Shibli has twice been awarded with the Qattan Young Writer's Award-Palestine in 2001 on her novel Masaasand in 2003 on her novel Kulluna Ba’id bethat al Miqdar aan el-Hub. Her latest novel is Tafsil Thanawi (Beirut: Al-Adab, 2017); its English translation Minor Detail (Fitzcarraldo Edition/UK, & New Directions/USA, 2020) was nominated for the National Book Award 2020, and the International Booker Prize 2021. Shibli is also engaged in academic research and teaching. 


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