Wael Shawky – Everything at once. 180 The Strand

Al Araba Al Madfuna – Wael Shawky

This was the work that really stood out at the Lisson gallery show in the Strand.  All the roles are played by children whose voices are dubbed into arabic spoken by adult actors.  The video is in negative, and the sepia tones of the desert and buildings are in shades of purple.

Very interesting in terms of intermedial strategy. Child actors speaking with adult voices,  the use of negative imagery.

Overall I found the alientating effect to be possibly too all pervasive, especially the use of negative throughout which didn’t offer any contrast.

Anything to learn from this?  films of Gianikkian and Ricchi Lucchi?

 

 

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