Bady Dalloul [France]
"How to Make Imaginary Countries"

  • Workshop
Re-examining Tokyo from the Middle East and the Arab world, Bady Dalloul hosts a workshop where multiple voices resonate together and (hi)stories intertwine.

Artist Bady Dalloul was born to a Syrian family and grew up in France. His interests span politics, sociology, and history. Composed as collages of film, text, and performance, Dalloul’s works observe fiction and reality and encourage dialogue between the two to question methods of writing history. His art has been exhibited or acquired by institutions including Paris’s Kadist Foundation, Palais de Tokyo, and the Arab World Institute, gaining him traction as an emerging contemporary artist.
In 2015, Dalloul traveled to Japan for a long-term stay and produced a feature-length film connecting personal histories with various regions affected by global catastrophe, including Hiroshima, Palestine, and Syria. In January 2021, he visits the country again for a four-month research residency at Villa Kujoyama. For TCT’21, he will host a two-day intensive workshop based on research and dialogue. The program will include many elements, spanning a lecture-performance by Dalloul, guest researchers’ presentations, and fieldwork in Minato ward. Participants will travel through personal and grand historical narratives and re-examine Tokyo from the Middle East and the Arab world.

*Villa Kujoyama is an institution administered by the cultural cooperation network of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs. Operated by the Institut français du Japon, Villa Kujoyama is supported by its main patron, the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation, and by the Institut français.


Bady Dalloul
Bady Dalloul was born to Syrian Parents in Paris in 1986. He graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris in 2015 with honours from the jury. His work, in texts, drawings, video, and objects imbued with a political, sociological and historical dimension, confronts and brings together the imaginary and the real. The creation of fictitious countries, the artist’s obsession since his adolescence, is at the heart of his current work. His work has been exhibited at the MAC/VAL (2017), the Arab World Institute, the Gulbenkian Foundation (2018), the Palais de Tokyo (2020) and IVAM of Valencia (2020). In 2017, he was nominated for the Prix découverte des Amis du Palais de Tokyo, and in 2018 he was awarded the Prix des Amis de l’IMA. His work is part of the collections of the Centre Pompidou, the Arab Museum of Modern Art (Mathaf) Qatar, MAC/VAL, the Kadist Foundation, the Frac Île-de-France and the Institut du Monde Arabe. Bady Dalloul is laureate of Villa Kujoyama in 2021. During his residency stay, he is elaborating his new project “My Imaginary Country.”


March 4th [Thu] / 15:00-18:00
March 5th [Fri] / 15:00-18:00

Performance times

approx. 180 min.


Libra Hall
1F Minato Park Shibaura, 1-16-1 Shibaura, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0023

How to Participate

Booking essential.
Show general admission pass on entry.

Buy Pass
– Each workshop is limited to 15 persons. In case of high demand, entry will be allocated by lottery.
– Application deadline: February 21st / 23:59. Applicants will be informed of the result by February 25th.


English (with Japanese interpretation)


Concept and Direction | Bady Dalloul
Supported by Embassy of France in Japan / Institut français du Japon, and Villa Kujoyama
Assistant | Joyce Lam
Interpreter | Kanoko Tamura
Venue Support | Minato City
Special Support | Tokyo Arts and Space (TOKAS)