What does it take to cross a border?

Farah Saleh: Gesturing Refugees

Performance

© Farah Saleh


24.02.2019
ifa-Galerie Berlin

This interactive video and dance-performance intends to archive latent stories of refugeehood using the bodies of refugee artists and the audience as the main archive, while playing with other archive material, testimonies and imagination. The alternative archive includes present, past and even future stories of refugeehood to try and interrogate collective responsibility and find bridges between the past and present. By re-enacting, transforming and deforming hidden and personal memories of refugees by refugee artists, the performance allows the re-appropriation of the narrative of refugeehood and the development of a collective gestural identity that might challenge that of passive victimhood to which refugees are often subjected. The creation process of the piece has already faced many obstacles related to the visa denial of artists and the impossibility of their physical encounter, which has added formal and political layers to the performance.    
Concept and choreography: Farah Saleh. 
In collaboration with the artists: Hamza Damra, Farah Saleh, Pedro Simoes and Fadi Waked.
Videos: Owa Barua, Shadi Jaber and Pedro Simoes. Dramaturg: Luke Pell. 
Funded by Creative Scotland and Cultural Resource. 
Supported by Dance Base. 
Special thanks to Ossama Halal, Bush Hartshorn, Claricia Kruithof, Nicola Perugini, Husam Rabeh, Ana Rodriguez, Emil Perugini Saleh. 

  • Farah Saleh, Gesturing Refugees, Performance © Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e.V. (ifa), Stuttgart, Germany / Victoria Tomaschko

  • Farah Saleh, Gesturing Refugees, Performance © Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e.V. (ifa), Stuttgart, Germany / Victoria Tomaschko

  • Farah Saleh, Gesturing Refugees, Performance © Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e.V. (ifa), Stuttgart, Germany / Victoria Tomaschko

  • Farah Saleh, Gesturing Refugees, Performance © Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e.V. (ifa), Stuttgart, Germany / Victoria Tomaschko