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Gardens Speak

Tania El Khoury

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  • About

    Buried beneath the earth are the stories of ten ordinary Syrians. In her sound installation, the Lebanese-British artist Tania El Khoury invites her audience to dig in the soil to hear their stories. Using oral histories and found sound material, she has reconstructed how they lost their lives in the early days of the uprising against the repressive Assad regime, and how they were buried in unmarked graves in gardens across Syria.

    Gardens Speak is a moving account of the lives and untimely deaths of ten Syrians. It is a poignant commentary on life and death, revealing individual stories behind the death toll.

    Additional sessions added: Sat 4 Mar, 1pm and Sun 5 Mar, 12pm and 1pm.
  • Credits

    By Tania El Khoury
    Production Manager Jessica Harrington
    Research Assistant and Writer (Arabic) Keenana Issa
    Calligraphy and Tombstones Design Dia Batal
    Set Design Abir Saksouk
    Sound Recording and Editing Khairy Eibesh (Stronghold Sound)

    Co-commissioned by Fierce Festival, Next Wave Festival, and Live at LICA. Developed through the Artsadmin Artists’ Bursary Scheme.
    Supported by Arts Council of England and British Council.

    Images Jessi Hunniford

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    Artistic Directors Neil Armfield and Rachel Healy preview Gardens Speak


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“Out of the most specific experience, Tania El Khoury crafts something massive”

Channel 4

“This piece will change the way you think – perhaps about Syria, perhaps about protest or mourning, perhaps about much more than that – and it will stay with you. For me at least, one visit may not be enough”

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