Tania El Khoury (Lebanon / UK)

Gardens Speak

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Photo: ©Jesse Hunniford
Gardens Speak by Tania El Khoury Performance

“Extraordinary, and emotionally wrenching.”

—The New York Times

In today’s Syria, oppression and violence are so far-reaching that even burial and mourning have become subversive acts. In this immersive sound installation, artist Tania El Khoury pays tribute to that subversion, and to 10 people whose lives have been lost in the regime’s brutal response to dissent. These 10 lie buried in family gardens, as do many others who have been killed in the ongoing conflict: public burial ceremonies expose family members to potential slaughter, and official interment also carries the risk of humiliation, with the bereaved often asked to sign documents absolving the Assad government of responsibility.

“This piece will change the way you think.” 

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In groups of 10, audience members are led to a garden space marked by graves. At each grave, one person will hear a story—the reconstructed history of an individual killed in the conflict. These narratives lie waiting to be unearthed; exhuming them is an act of discovery, of communion, of rebellion and defiance through art.

Gardens Speak by Tania El Khoury Performance
Photo: ©Jesse Hunniford
Gardens Speak by Tania El Khoury PerformancePerformance
Photo: ©Jesse Hunniford

Venue

When

January 28 – February 1
February 2

45 mins, no intermission

Jan 28 – Feb 1
12:30PM, 2PM, 6PM, 7PM, 8:30PM, 9:30PM

Feb 2
12:30PM, 2PM, 5:30PM, 6:30PM, 8PM, 9PM

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Single tickets $25
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Low Vision Friendly Introduction Available More Info

Content Note: Includes use of scents.

Credits

CREATOR Tania El Khoury PRODUCTION MANAGER Jessica Harrington PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Naya Salame RESEARCH ASSISTANT, WRITER (ARABIC) Keenana Issa CALLIGRAPHY, TOMBSTONES DESIGN Dia Batal SET DESIGN Abir Saksouk SOUND RECORDING AND EDITING Khairy Eibesh (Stronghold Sound)

CO-COMMISSIONED BY Fierce Festival, Next Wave Festival, Live at LICA DEVELOPED THROUGH the Artsadmin Artists’ Bursary Scheme SUPPORTED BY Arts Council of England

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