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Cultural Exchange Rate

Tania El Khoury

Lebanese live artist Tania El Khoury recites the universal, never-ending story of migration, through a family diary of the borders.

Person wearing mask and gloves stands in archive-like room

The cruellest of borders are invisible to the eye and present in everyday life. The death traps set within a moving body of water and the concealed militarisation of faraway border villages. Cultural Exchange Rate is an interactive live art project in which artist Tania El Khoury shares her family memoirs of life in a border village between Lebanon and Syria. One marked by war survival, valueless currency collection, brief migration to Mexico, and a river that disregards the colonial and national borders.

The audience is invited to immerse their heads into one family’s secret boxes to explore the sounds, images, and textures of traces of more than a century of border crossings.

Cultural Exchange Rate is based on the artist’s recorded interviews with her late grandmother, oral histories collected in her village in Akkar, the discovery of lost relatives in Mexico City, and the family’s attempt to secure dual citizenship. Tania El Khoury has been working on the project Cultural Exchange Rate for the last decade. The starting point of this venture was the soul-stirring effort of her father to financially support her when she fled for England. For this purpose, he has granted her his collection of Lebanese liras.

Date and time

10–14 April 2024

Please note
This is now a past event.


Bass Concert Hall Rehearsal Room
2350 Robert Dedman Dr
Fusebox Festival, Austin
United States of America
Fusebox Festival programme