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Opening Trouw Invites... Beirut

Opening Trouw Invites... Beirut

14-08-2014 | 16.13

The second edition of Trouw Invites... has arrived! For this edition, which opens on September 4, the contemporary art space Beirut (Cairo) has invited Lebanese artist Rayyane Tabet (1983, Ashqout) to create a new installation in our basement area. Beirut is an independent art space based in Cairo that has gained international recognition for its engaging and cutting-edge programs and exhibitions. Its curators, Antonia Alampi, Jens Maier-Rothe, and Sarah Rifky, are working with Rayyane Tabet to develop the new installation Here Today Gone Tomorrow (2014), which explores the various layers of history that are associated with the Trouw building and name. 

Here Today Gone Tomorrow samples found objects and utterances from Trouw’s past and conjures their double lives in a historically conscious liaison with the club’s present. The starting point takes us back to August 1944, when Trouw was a newspaper affiliated with local resistance movements during German occupation. The Nazis tried to stop the publication by rounding up 24 Trouw couriers and issuing an ultimatum. The editors refused to surrender and all of the captured were executed. Shocked by the dramatic events, Trouw ran the headline "Trouw tot in den dood" (translation: “Faithful until death”) on the following day. From here, Tabet's project unfolds across three timelines, which come together in a large-scale installation in our basement area De Hal.

The illuminated nameplate on our facade – a remnant of the Trouw building’s former function as a newspaper printing press – will be altered to complete the headline from August 1944: “Trouw tot in den dood.” First shown separately during the exhibition, the sentence will remain on the facade until the new owners of the building decide to remove it when we no longer occupy the building.

At Tabet's request, our resident Tom Trago remixed a version of the Huzarenmars, a parade march of the Dutch cavalry used during official receptions, featuring samples of its original chorus line, "Trouw tot in den dood." Like all other elements in this project, the new composition has a double life, similar to the A- and B-sides of a record release: the experimental dubbed version fills the basement exhibition space while Tom Trago might mix it into one of his DJ sets upstairs.

Tabet asked the current Trouw newspaper editorial office to reprint the original 8-page spread from August 1944, which will be distributed as part of the installation that Rayyane is showing in this exhibition in De Hal.

During the opening night on September 4, the curators of the exhibition will interview Rayyane Tabet about this exciting new project. Also, we will offer a special music program, featuring Tom Trago, Kindness and others. The exhibition Trouw Invites... Beirut can be visited for free until September 28th, from Tuesday through Thursday between 17:30 and 22:00. On Friday and Saturday, the exhibition will only be accessible to visitors of the club or restaurant.