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Sophia Al-Maria @ Tate Britain

20 October 2019 - 26 January 2020

A new film exploring the erasure and revision of identities and histories past and future.  The work features performances by Yumna Marwan, Elizabeth Peace, boychild, and by Sophia Al-Maria herself. Each one is cast against the science fiction backdrop of a solar battle, as evoked by Etel Adnan in her 1989 war poem.  The Arab Apocalypse – Beast Type Song.

In the poem, Adnan uses drawing to communicate what cannot be expressed in words.  Similarly, Al-Maria explores the revision of history through graphic and bodily gestures.  When words cannot express trauma, a new language of drawings, movement and music gives voice to the speechless.



20 October 2019
26 January 2020
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Tate Britain