Spike Island

In Conversation: Maeve Brennan and Sheyma Buali


Thursday 13 July 2017, 6.30–8pm


£5, £3 concessions
Free for Spike Associates

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Maeve Brennan discusses her film The Drift with Sheyma Buali, Director of BBC Arabic Festival and Commissioning Editor at Ibraaz Channel, with reference to experimental documentary and ethnographic film practice. 

A screening of The Drift took place prior to this event.

Maeve Brennan

Maeve Brennan (b.1990, London) lives and works in London and Beirut. Recent exhibitions include: Jerusalem Pink, OUTPOST, Norwich; Rough House, The Glue Factory, Glasgow; At the Seams: A Political History of Palestinian Embroidery, Dar el Nimer, Beirut (all 2016); KURZ / DUST, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw; Video Works, Metropolis Empire Sofil, Beirut (both 2015); and A Museum of Immortality, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut (2014). Brennan was a fellow of the arts study programme Home Workspace Program at Ashkal Alwan in Beirut (2013-14).

Sheyma Buali

Sheyma Buali is a programmer, editor and writer with a focus on documentary, cinema and visual arts from the Middle East. She is currently Director of the BBC Arabic Festival, an annual event that screens short films and documentaries from the Arab world. Sheyma is also Commissioning Editor for Ibraaz Channel and Culture Correspondent for Arabic broadsheet Asharq AlAwsat. Her work has been published in numerous publications, volumes and artist catalogues. Previously she worked on the London Palestine Film Festival (2011-2014), the RAI International Ethnographic Film Festival (2011) and the Hackney Film Festival (2010). Currently, she is the writer-in-residence for Performance(s) Between Two Shores, a multi-organizational residency program supporting theatre about mass migration by Arab artists based in Europe.