Audio Echoes: Spoken Word Event

Audio Echoes: Spoken Word Event

In conjunction with Video Echoes: Waves from the Eastern Mediterranean

Join Spoken Word artists and performers Aseel Tayah, Abdul Hammoud and Gabriela Georges as they courageously delve into memories, stories and divides as part of our free exhibition Video Echoes: Waves from the Eastern Mediterranean.

This event is free. 

About the Speakers:

Aseel Tayah is a Palestinian Artist who was born under occupation in Jerusalem, encouraged to make art that represents what an Arab Muslim woman faces in this world. For Aseel, art is an act of resistance and a tool to survive. Her main focus is empowering women through Art, as the first artist in her community, she initiated children and youth platforms to challenge the way people think about art. Aseel is a creative director, art producer, and installation artist who shares her life experience in leadership and community development and creates an interactive experience which invites the audience to participate in the design of her space, body and vocal presence.

Abdul Hammoud is a spoken word artist based in Melbourne by way of Lebanon, a country that he is still captivated by and connects to. His art has taken him as close as New Zealand and as far as the United States, as well as to his beloved home country. In 2013, he became founder of The Dirty Thirty online writing platform, an ever-growing group for writers to challenge themselves every April. He is also editor and compiler of The Dirty Thirty Anthology, a collection of poetry from the page he coordinates. Most of his work revolves around current issues including the constant state of war in the Middle East, racial divides, as well as the portrayal of masculinity. He is also an avid purveyor of starting books but not finishing them.

Gabriela Georges is a singer, poet, and community arts worker based in Naarm, who often writes on love, loss, and nature. She believes that poetry and performance can be used as tools for connection, sharing insight, and increasing understanding around challenging life experiences. In 2018, Gabriela became a part of West Writers' Group, a writers' collective based in Footscray, and started performing songs in her first language as part of a collaborative work called Bukjeh.

Image: Didem Erk. Home is a Place Called Never 2017. Performance and video installation. Double Channel full HD video (11'44'',11'44''). Dimensions variable. Camera: Bahadır Cihangir Genç. Music: Etkin Çekin. Courtesy the artist and Zilberman Gallery.

Contact

Counihan Gallery In Brunswick
Phone: 03 9389 8622
Email: counihangallery@moreland.vic.gov.au

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