This work is about how we use our voices and how we can listen to the multimodal uniqueness of voice: Voice as physicality, as a form of self-expression and as a political concept of democracy. What forms of activism, togetherness and exchange can be derived from this?
The video was created as part of the Berlin Artistic Research Grant Programme.
This page gathers material from Jasmina and Kamila Metwaly as well as resonances and impressions of our guests in Vienna that emerged during our exchange
Witnessing in Resonance.
I want to share an amazing work by Ola Zielinska, presented earlier on the website of Savvy Zaar.
Her voice here, sounds, other voices, stories gathered in this work inspired me in some ways to think differently around the notions of protest, roaring and finally, hysteria. On one hand that connection can be threaded geopolitically within the ongoing protesting voices in Poland, but also on a personal level, politically, disobedience takes on an auditory form - that can be imagined, but also heuristically.
Born to a Polish mother and an Egyptian father, Jasmina Metwaly is a Cairo-Berlin-based artist and filmmaker. In the past she was an active member of Mosireen collective and media archive 858.ma. She currently works in video and film, and has recently started drawing again. She likes to work with people and their histories, weaving various material into storytelling, including texts and archival materials, scripts, drawings, lectures, manuals and images.
Metwaly’s work has been exhibited at Townhouse Gallery in Cairo, IFFR–International Film Festival Rotterdam, Sfeir-Semler Gallery and Berlinale Forum Expanded. Between years 2010 - 2015 she has also collaborated on projects with filmmaker Philip Rizk. Together, they have co-curated a program How to Act: On Stages and Storytellers at Beirut, in Cairo. In 2015, their feature-length film, Out on the Street, was presented in the German Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale and at MoMA as part of an exhibit: Films from Here: Recent views from the Arab world. In 2017 she was an artist in residence at the DAAD in Berlin. In 2019/2020 she received a grant from Mophradat as part of Consortium Commissions programme and Hammer Museum LA and KW Berlin where her recent work Anbar was presented. In 2020-2021, together with Kamila Metwaly, they’ve been awarded the Berliner Förderprogramm Künstlerische Forschung (Berlin Artistic Research Grant Programme) for the project entitled: Unsilencing Practices of Vocal Modulations.