Rabih Mroué

Long ago, and not true anyway

Rabih Mroué is an actor, director, playwright and Contributing Editor for The Drama Review (New York) and Lebanese quarterly Kalaman. He is also one of the founders and executive Board of Beirut Art Center association (BAC).

Continuously searching for new and contemporary relations among varying elements and languages of performative art, Mroué questions the definitions of theatre and the relationship between space and form of the performance, and consequently how the performer relates with the audience. His practice addresses historical issues that have been swept under the table in the current political climate of Lebanon. He draws attention to the broader political and economic contexts by means of a fragmented, poetic, and semi-documentary theatre to address subjects such as the aesthetics, representation, and documentation of violence. 

Recent performances and exhibitions have been presented at Documenta 13, Kassel, Germany, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany, Performa 09, New York, 2009, 11th International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, 2009, Queens Museum of Art, New York, 2009; Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, 2009, Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg, 2008, Center for Art and Media (ZKM), Karlsruhe, 2008. In 2010 Mroué was awarded an Artist Grant for Theatre/Performance Arts from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts, New York and the Spalding Gray Award. He is a fellow at the International Research Center: Interweaving Performance Cultures, Freie Universität Berlin, 2013/14.


Rabih Mroué, The Pixelated Revolution , 2012
performance, lecture performance, video footage


Rabih Mroué, Three Posters, 2000


Rabih Mroué, Je Veux Voir, 2010
installation, mixed media installation
Installation view at Iniva, London,
Thiery Bal ,


Rabih Mroué, Leap into the void , 2006
photograph, light box, 85x130cm