Counter Current17: Stories Of Refuge // Dictaphone Group

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Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts says
Video Installation

"Stories of Refuge" is an unticketed installation open to the public during the following hours:
April 18-23 from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Join us during the Opening Night Celebration: Tuesday, April 18 at 6:00 PM!

"It costs me a lot. But I managed to save my life." - Sipan from "Stories of Refuge"

Follow the story of three Syrian refugees who fled the war in Syria to seek refuge in Munich, Germany. One was injured during a demonstration in Syria and fled the country on a boat that sunk at sea, killing half of its passengers. Another walked from Syria to Turkey with children in hand, while their young relative was battling cancer with no access to clean water. The third was smuggled in a truck filled with chewing gum. All of them paid enormous sums of money to smugglers who cared nothing for their lives.

Tania El Khoury and Petra Serhal from the Dictaphone Group met with these three refugees in Munich, gave each of them a discreet camera, and asked them to film a day in their life in the refugee camp. El Khoury’s interviews with these refugees about their journeys serve as the soundscape over the footage they created. The installation is outfitted with the audience watching these films in bunk beds like those used in refugee camps, a utilitarian aesthetic in the most intimate of spaces.

Dictaphone Group is a research and performance collective that creates live art events based on a multidisciplinary study of space. It is a collaborative project initiated by live artist Tania El Khoury, Petra Serhal and architect/urbanist Abir Saksouk.

"Stories of Refuge" is presented as part of the INTERSECTIONS initiative. INTERSECTIONS is a program of the University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, which seeks to build bridges between visiting artists and Houston’s Muslim and non-Muslim residents, with a focus on University of Houston students. INTERSECTIONS is made possible in part by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters; Building Bridges: Campus Community Engagement Grants Program, a component of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

Originally commissioned by SPIELART Festival, Munich

NOTE: You will be asked to take off your shoes and lay down on a bunk bed in order to view and listen to the work.

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By: Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts

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