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Yara Mekawei

Kunsthall 3,14 Parabol

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Det historiske grunnlaget for trolldom i islam ble bygget i tre trinn. Det originale Arabia ga de vanlige magiske verktøyene for beskyttelse, helbredelse og spådom som var integrert og legitimert av den islamske institusjonen. Fra 9-10-tallet og utover, forstyrret innledningen av hellenistisk esoterisk tankegang de generelle rammene for magisk intervensjon. Rystet av den hellenistiske offensiven, ble det astrologiske rammeverket eliminert og erstattet av iboende, talismanske elementer i Islam. Lydverket Mercury on a Wednesday er basert på et gammelt papir grunnlagt i boken 'The Sun of a Great Knowledge' av Al'ama Abi El-Abbas Al-Bony på 1200-tallet e.Kr. Yara Mekawei har en forskningsbasert kunstnerisk praksis som knytter sammen ideologi fra en mytisk fortiden til den utviklede teknologien i nåtiden. Mekaweis arbeid viser ofte immaterielle aspekter av hennes kulturelle identitet i et østafrikansk samfunn. Foto/bilde: Yara Mekawei.

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PARABOL er et samarbeid med Kunsthall 3.14 der Lydgalleriet velger et lydarbeid som medieres gjennom den parabolske høyttaleren i Kunsthall 3.14 sitt inngangsparti. Med et spesielt fokus på kontekst og redigeringer, tilbyr høyttalerens beliggenhet en atmosfære og modus som adresserer de samtidige utstillingene i salene oppe på Kunsthall 3.14. Mercury on a Wednesday av Yara Mekawei er kuratert av Julie Lillelien Porter til utstillingene Poetics of Resistance av Marcelo Brodsky og Invisible av Joy.

The historical foundations of sorcery in Islam were built in three stages. Original Arabia provided the usual magical tools for protection, healing, and divination which were integrated and legitimised by the Islamic institution. From the 9-10th centuries onwards, the introduction and domination of Hellenistic (Greco-Irano-Indian) esoteric thought have disrupted the general frameworks of magic intervention: astrological determinations had dominated in the conception and elaboration of talismanic practices. Severely shaken by the Hellenistic offensive, Islam gradually reacted and, as far as witchcraft was concerned, focused its efforts on the condemnation and elimination of the astrological framework and on its replacement by intrinsically Islamic elements. Conceptually, the notion of sihr (witchcraft), condemned religiously, is still an active activity because of a total lack of definition and delimitation.

Mercury on a Wednesday is a sound piece based on an old paper founded in the book ‘The Sun of a Great Knowledge’ by Al’ama Abi El-Abbas Al-Bony in the 13th century AD. Yara Mekawei‘s sonic bricolages draw inspiration from the dynamic flow of urban centres and the key infrastructure of cities. Interested in the philosophy of architecture, social history, and philosophical literature, Mekawei's work is based on sound as an essential tool of vision. She develops her projects through a research point of inseparably uniting between a piece of work and the other, whose work shows an intangible aspect of her cultural identity in an East African society. Photo/image: Yara Mekawei.

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PARABOL is a collaboration with Kunsthall 3.14, where Lydgalleriet selects a sound work for the parabolic loudspeaker sited in Kunsthall 3.14's entrance hall. PARABOL has a particular focus on sonic commissions and edits, and offers a mode of address corresponding with the exhibitions in the main upstairs spaces. Mercury on a Wednesday by Yara Mekawei is curated by Julie Lillelien Porter in relation to the exhibitions Poetics of Resistance by Marcelo Brodsky and Invisible by Joy.