Bright Echo by Sophia Al-Maria

Nutford Place

18 Jul 2015 - 3:30 PM

Bright Echo by Sophia Al-Maria

As part of the publication Continuous City: Mapping Arab London artist and writer Sophia Al-Maria produced a new sound work for Edgware Road.

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Bright Echo presents the listener with a sonic landscape composed of the internal monologues and secrets of the street.

You can download it from here or on shubbak.co.uk.

To mark the launch of Bright Echo, Sophia Al-Maria responded to Alia Farid's A Stage for Any Revolution  by organising Acts of Memory - Tyburnia, a performance of Monica Ross’ original piece Anniversary - an act of memory which is a collective, multilingual recitation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  Acts of Memory - Tyburnia was performed at 3.30pm on 18 July at Nutford Place.   

A collaboration between Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Qatar and the Edgware Road Project at the Serpentine Galleries, Continuous City: Mapping Arab London is a publication that attempts to map London through its historical and contemporary Arab communities.Continuous City features work by Sophia Al Maria, Oraib Toukan,Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Inas Halabi, Maan Abu Taleb, Michael Vazquez and Sheyma BuAli among others. The publication is edited by Amal Khalaf and Deena Chalabi.  The publication will be available for download on iTunes in 2016.  

Sophia Al-Maria is a writer who lives in London now. In 2012 her first book, The Girl Who Fell to Earth received high praise in the United States from The New York Times to Elle Magazine and is being published in Arabic as Between the Earth and the Sky this year. In January 2015 Sophia was selected for the Sundance Institute's Screenwriting Lab where she worshipped her Egyptian revenge thriller, Beretta. Her first solo show Virgin with a Memory at Manchester's Cornerhouse drew on the subject matter of the film and the un-making of it. 

Bright Echo is commissioned by the Serpentine Galleries, the British Council and Shubbak.

For more information please contact Projects Curator Amal Khalaf on amalk@serpentinegalleries.org 

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