Audience members opening different doors of a large, L-shaped file vault to look inside

Cultural Exchange Rate

Installation March 11-16, 2024
Timed Entry

In “Cultural Exchange Rate,” Lebanese artist Tania El Khoury recreates a family diary of the borderlands. Her unforgettable installation reveals that the cruelest of borders are invisible to the naked eye, even as they persist across everyday life. “Cultural Exchange Rate” draws on recorded interviews with El Khoury’s late grandmother, oral histories collected from her village in Lebanon, and the discovery of lost relatives in Mexico City. In this interactive multimedia experience, audiences are invited to engage with an astonishing collection of sensory artifacts that collectively trace more than a century of border crossings.

El Khoury’s work has been translated to multiple languages and been shown globally in settings ranging from national museums to fishing boats. El Khoury is the Distinguished Artist in Residence and Director of the OSUN Center for Human Rights & the Arts at Bard College.


Tania El Khoury

“[Tania El Khoury is recognized for her] serious and playful and complex work, her breadth of imagination and powerful sense of ethical responsibility. Studying the political potential of live art, treating audiences as fellow investigators and researchers, inventing new forms and new ways of engagement with each project, she is opening new paths of meaning and creation.”
— Herb Alpert Award in the Arts


Installation March 11-16, 2024


$25 General Admission
Timed Entry


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The Prior Performing Arts Center

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