"Halg” (Throat) video from the series Sokout (Silence), in the Ko rātou, ko tātou | On other-ness, on us-ness exhibition

Emadi, A. (2020) "Halg” (Throat) video from the series Sokout (Silence), in the Ko rātou, ko tātou | On other-ness, on us-ness exhibition. [Exhibitions]

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The work explores the notion of silencing as a condition of exilic states. The throat, a vulnerable part of the body, containing the voice box is an in-between space, which connects the brain and heart or the head and body – it is crucial to our vocalisation, yet often marginalised or unrecognised. The body becomes the site from which to bring to voice the experience of exile from a Middle Easterner’s perspective, the voice that is only present in the screams of silence. Reflection on the work by the artist Moata McNamara: Body parts in exile, separated from a trunk and from each other. Voice and language interjecting in separation, carrying across to the ears, to the body of a spectator already implicated in a disjointed reading of video-sound works, in a reading of disjointed sound-video works. Exile; Separated from and yet still holding its etymological ties with banishment, with prohibition. This/these body/bodies plead with a spectator to make sense, to thread together disjointed parts. And yet, and in the same space, through sites of difference, each asks for the stillness of an individual reading, of time spent in quiet contemplation, a contemplation which will only be continually interrupted by the vocal repetition of single and singular words.

Item Type:Exhibitions
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Emadi, Dr Azadeh
Authors: Emadi, A.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
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