Joe Namy, Ilaria Lupo

Joe Namy (b. 1978, USA) is a Beirut based artist/composer. His projects often address aspects of identity, memory, power and currents encoded in music/organized sound. He was a participant in the Ashkal Alwan Home Workspace independent study program and received an MFA from New York University, as well as having studied Jazz, Arabic, and Heavy Metal drumming. Ilaria Lupo (b. 1977, Italy) creates situations out of contextual frictions and aims to question the boundaries between the artwork (as 'representation') and its autonomy as social interaction as it inserts itself within the gaps of official narratives, in dialogue with underlying energies and unspoken social tensions.