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Jasmina & Kamila Metwaly
Visitations

19.1–26.2.2022

Jasmina Metwaly, Kobieta (1996)

Soft opening on Wednesday, 19 January 2022, 4–8pm
Opening weekend 21–23 January 2022, 2–6pm
Opening hours (until 26 February 2022) Saturdays, 2–6pm or by appointment

Jasmina and Kamila Metwaly’s research project The Voice of the Wind is not a Metaphor, conducted as fellows of the Berlin Artistic Research Grant Programme 2020/21, employs components of a series of encounters and dialogues that have taken place in the period of these two years. Navigating and interweaving different formats such as online workshops and meetings in person with a series of sound pieces, the installation Visitations becomes a means of transposing this process and giving it another form.

During this series of encounters, Jasmina and Kamila Metwaly collaborated with different artists and activists to create a vocabulary that breaks down exchange situations, marking how our voice(s) – both as a political tool and a metaphor – change(s) in contexts of theatricality and instituting. In the process of editing and (re)interpreting, some key provocations drove this research to assume a new presence in the space: how do we understand our voices as a singular and collective tool of transformation? How does displacement, distance and being in motion sound? What tools facilitate the mutation/transformation of voice(s)? How do we arrive as a group, organize, and mobilize our futures?

Comprising an 8-channel audio-visual installation, the work brings together moments from the research and composes alternating realities between various human and non-human vocalities; words and discussions shared amongst the participants, voices of protest and chanting. The audio and video relationship creates access points into the joint research. Sound becomes an abstract resemblance or a residue of the human voice; it slowly transforms into mechanical noises. These transformations and transmutations may also represent the impossibility of the collective – the overly stretched and slowed down voices seemingly resulting in moments of conflict, in which the listener is no longer capable of distinguishing individual voices. Each speaker position, therefore, continues to create its own space within the space, at times appearing in the front, at times disappearing back into the group, evoking the sensation of voices overlapping, talking over each other, and even canceling each other out. In one moment, the sound repudiates the image, and in the next scene, it complements its presence and vice versa. The speakers have been developed for this installation by Ola Zielińska together with Jasmina Metwaly based on a drawing titled Kobieta (“Woman”) (1996). The deformed drawing becomes a speaker, dispersed in space. The online publication Scream. Follow, is a visual intervention by Ola Zielińska and Olga Lewicka, a work stemming from this project.

 

Duration: 50 minutes

With appearances and sounds of: Leila Bencharnia, Agnieszka Bułacik, Binta Diaw, Chiara Figone, Heba Habib, Kelly Krugman,  Olga Lewicka, Yara Mekawei, Agnieszka Rożyńska, Arkadiusz Półtorak, Salma Said, Laure de Selys, Ute Wassermann, Giovanna Esposito Yusuf, Ola Zielińska, and the peacock
A film by and camera work: Jasmina Metwaly
Video editors: Mohamed Gawad, Jasmina Metwaly
Scenography: Ola Zielińska
Sound interpretation and edit: Kamila Metwaly, with Max Schneider
Audio mix: Max Schneider
Project producer: Kelly Krugman
Project assistant: Isaac Herron
Carpeting: Peter Lowas
Special thanks for many encounters with: Ute Wassermann, Cilia Erens, Iza Szostak, Sophia Krugman, our beloved mother Dorota Metwaly, Archive Books, New Visions, PAF (Performing Arts Forum), AWU Radio, M{if} (Museum of Impossible Forms), Miriam Coretta Schulte and Salma Said for sharing video material filmed during rehearsals for performance Behind Your Eyeballs

The 2G-rule (proof of vaccination or recovery) applies and we kindly ask visitors to wear a mask in the exhibition space. We have a max. capacity of 15 visitors at a time.
Please note our new address: Schönleinstr. 5, 10967 Berlin