Submitted by Barry Flood
New York University, Silsila: Center for Material Histories
"TELLING STORIES: THE ART OF NARRATION IN THE WORK OF
Katia Kameli, Artist
Omar Berrada, Independent Scholar
Finbarr Barry Flood, Silsila/NYU
Wednesday, January 27th, 12:30pm ET
[Webinar] Silsila Spring 2021 Lecture Series, Translations
The practice of translation is central to the work of Katia Kameli, a Franco-Algerian artist and director. Kameli’s work is closely linked to her personal experience of dual identities, exploring multiplicity and the ‘in-between’. Through video, photography, installation, she investigates intercultural spaces, intersecting identities and their construction. Thus, she positions herself as a hybrid, using a ‘third space’ that enables the emergence of other visions, forms and positions. Her most recent solo-exhibitions include: The Algerian Novel, Kalmar konstmuseum, Kalmar (2020); She Rekindled the vividness of the past, Kunsthalle Münster, Münster (2019); Ya Rayi, Centre d’art La Passerelle, Brest (2018); À l’ombre de l’étoile et du croissant, CRP/ Centre régional de la photographie des Hauts de France (2018); What Language Do You Speak Stranger, The Mosaic Rooms, London (2016).
In this event, the artist will present several of her recent works, which explore entangled histories and practices of translation between cultures and temporalities across textual, verbal and visual media. In The Storyteller (2012), a story teller from the Djemaa al-Fna, the great plaza of Marrakech, narrates a tragic rollercoaster tale of loss, misfortune and friendship according to the conventions of traditional Arab storytelling. Spellbound by the power of his oration, we come to realize that the charismatic raconteur is in fact narrating the 1964 Hindi film Dosti (Friendship). Excerpts from the second of Kameli’s work to be shown, Stream of Stories Chapters 5 & 6 (2018-2019) engage the transmission and translation of Indian tales to the west long before the era of the moving image. Stream of Stories concerns the animal fables known in Sanskrit as the Panchatantra and in Arabic as Kalila wa Dimna, tales of entertainment and moral edification.
The presentation of Katia Kameli’s work will be accompanied by a discussion between the artist, Omar Berrada, translator and art critic, and Finbarr Barry Flood, art historian.
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