Tania El Khoury
CONFLICT AREA / COUNTRY OF REFERENCE: SYRIA
‘… even the dead will not be safe from the enemy if he wins’
Across Syria, many gardens conceal the dead bodies of activists and protect the living from the violent thrusts of the regime. These domestic burials play out a continuing collaboration between the living and the dead. The dead protect the living by not exposing them to further danger at the hands of the state and the living protect the dead by conserving and nurturing their identities and their stories in the ground, by not allowing their deaths to become instruments of the regime through disappearance, anonymity and forgotten history.
Gardens Speak is an interactive sound installation containing the oral histories of 10 ordinary people who have been buried in Syrian gardens. Each narrative has been carefully constructed with the friends and family members of the deceased to retell their stories as they themselves would have recounted it. They are compiled with found audio that evidences their final moments.
Tania El Khoury,
Interactive Sound Installation
© Artraker CIC 2014
Tania El Khoury is an artist working between London and Beirut. She creates interactive and challenging performances in which the audience is an active collaborator. Tania’s solo work has toured internationally. For this work, she has received the Total Theatre Innovation Award and the Arches Brick Award. She is the co-founder of Dictaphone Group, a research and performance collective aiming at reclaiming public space in Lebanon.