Strangers on a Train

“People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.” (Albert Einstein)


Visual essay by Atef Berredjem & Nora Razian
Published in: Pas de Deux: 5 x 2 x 2, Mediterranean dialogues, argobooks, 2014

Atef Berredjem

Atef Berredjem was born in 1982 and lives and works in Annaba, Algeria. He graduated from the Algiers Fine Arts Academy in 2007. His artistic practice spans painting, assemblage, sculpture, installation and performance. In recent years, his works have focused on immigration and colonization, combining images, objects (ready-mades), words or sentences with materials and scenography.

Nora Razian

Nora Razian is the Head of Exhibitions at the Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai where she has curated solo presentations by Mounira Al Solh, Farah Al Qasimi and Chiharu Shiota. She oversaw the Jameel’s 2018 opening program of exhibitions and publications. Previous roles include Head of Programs and Exhibitions at the Sursock Museum, Beirut, and Curator of Public Programs at the Tate, London. She has an MA in Anthropology and Cultural Politics from Goldsmiths College, London, where she also designed and taught the MA course Critical Pedagogy in Contested Space at the Centre for Arts and Learning. She has curated several solo and group exhibitions, including I will return, and I will be millions as part of Homeworks 8, Beirut in 2019, Phantom Limb at the Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai in 2019 and Let’s Talk About the Weather: Art and Ecology in a Time of Crisis in 2016 and 2018 at the Sursock Museum, Beirut and the Guangdong Times Museum, Guangzhou.