Commissioner: Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation.
Curators: Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath.
Exhibitor: Nujoom Alghanem.
Nujoom Alghanem: Passage. This new site-specific, two-channel video installation expands Alghanem’s experimentation with contemporary Arabic poetry in the language of film. The installation is structured along two separate narratives, one ‘real’ and the other ‘fictional’, and explores the universal experience of displacement. Both films are simultaneously projected on the opposite sides of a large diagonally placed screen while sharing the same soundscape.
The film’s Brechtian conflation of reality and fiction highlights the parallelism between its main protagonists, and emphasises the dualities underscoring their lives. It questions art’s ability to meaningfully impact the lives of those whose stories it seeks to tell.