During her current exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery, artist Jumana Manna speaks to Negar Azimi, Senior Editor of Bidoun magazine. Recorded live at Chisenhale Gallery October 2016, the discussion is around a newly commissioned feature length film ‘A magical substance flows into me’, 2015 on the different musical traditions of myriad communities living in and around Jerusalem.
The discussion centres around Manna’s film that explores the different musical traditions of myriad communities living in and around Jerusalem. Drawing on her research into the German-Jewish ethnomusicologist Robert Lachmann (1892-1939) and his work in Palestine, the film follows Manna’s exchanges with musicians as she encounters them in their homes and places of work and worship. The provisional architectures of these private performance settings are developed through a sculptural installation, which also functions as seating for viewers in the gallery.
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Also during the exhibition, which runs until 13 December 2016, are a series of related events runs throughout the duration of the show including talks, workshops and screenings. The next event is a lecture by Professor Ella Shohat titled Orientalist Genealogies: The Split Arab /Jew Figure Revisited on Tuesday 17 November, 7pm. This free event takes place at the Mosaic Rooms, London, booking required.