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Tania El Khoury: Cultural Exchange Rate

Viewers bend their heads inside of chambers in a large metal safe installed in front of a brick wall

January 24 – 29, 2023


In-person Event

Stamps Gallery
201 South Division Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104


Open to the public
Cost: $25

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Lebanese artist Tania El Khoury examines the universal, never-ending story of migration through a family diary, and the recognition that the cruelest of borders are invisible to the eye and present in everyday life.

Cultural Exchange Rate is an interactive live art project in which El Khoury shares her family memoirs of life in border villages between Lebanon and Syria. The installation is based on recorded interviews with El Khoury’s late grandmother, oral histories collected from her village in Lebanon, the discovery of lost relatives in Mexico City, and the family’s attempt to secure dual citizenship. The audience is invited to immerse their heads into one family’s secret boxes to explore sounds, images, and textures that trace more than a century of border crossings. 

Timed ticketed entry, with viewings at 11:30, 1:00, 3:00, 4:30, 6:00, and 7:30 daily. 10 people per time slot.
Tickets are required for entry and can be purchased at UMS​.org.

Organized by UMS. For more information contact UMS Patron Services Office at 7347642538, or umstix@​umich.​edu.