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Mohamed El Khatib: Finir en beauté

French/Moroccan author and director Mohamed El Khatib presents a solo lecture presentation on loss and remembrance, drawing from documents from his family’s past—newspaper clippings, emails, phone messages, scraps of exchanges with the father, recorded transcripts, videos. These snapshots of life evoke family, nationality, native language, memory, mourning and shift between documentary and fiction.

Mohamed El Khatib is an author, director, performer, and is based in France. His work has garnered success in such important arts events as the Avignon Festival. He attempts to confront drama with other media (films, installations, newspapers) and to observe the friction they produce. After literature studies, and time at the CADAC (Dramatic Art Center of Mexico) and a Ph.D in sociology about “the critique in the French press,” he co-founded in 2008 the collective Zirlib on a simple premise: aesthetics aren’t devoid of political sense. He has started with “Nowhere to Hide,” a reflection on the notion of grief, which will last for the next 15 years. Since 2011, Mohamed El Khatib has been supported by the L’L in Brussels—a place of research where he has been developing research around the writing of the intimate and attempts to explore, to the point of exhaustion, different modes of anti-spectacular exposition. In 2014–2015, he as an associate artist at the Centre Dramatique National Orléans/Loiret/Centre.