Every song knows its home is an ongoing project which aim is to create a soundtrack of exile, by collecting songs sung by the refugees during their wandering. This sound archive moves towards various time and space dimensions: one can hear there songs of Ukrainians and Lemkos displaced after the WWII, Palestinian songs about Nakba, rap songs of refugees from war-torn Syria, or songs sung by migrants from Sudan and Western Sahara. The project also seeks to capture the social, community-forming nature of these tracks and the practices of their performance. These songs allow to preserve erased and repressed memories, but also singing them can sometimes become a political act and a form of resistance.
Contemporary Art Gallery BWA in Katowice
26 / 07 – 01 / 09 / 2019
curator: Marta Lisok
collaboration: Anas AbuOun, Tohfa Abo Ebyea, Andrea Zarza Canova, Ika Sienkiewicz-Nowacka, Sally Abu Bakr, Elke aus dem Moore
partners: Akademie Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart), British Library (London), Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art (Warsaw), Ramallah Municipality, Adam Mickiewicz Institut, Popular Art Centre (Al Bireh)
photo: Basia Kubska, Kuba Rudziński
12:30 audio recording in a loop, 4 speakers, acoustic panels