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Gardens Speak

Tania El Khoury

Presented in Season 1 2014

Presented by Arts House

2.30pm, Thu 1 May – Sun 4 May
3pm,Thu 1 May – Sun 4 May
3.30pm,Thu 1 May – Sun 4 May
4pm,Thu 1 May – Sun 4 May
4.30pm,Thu 1 May – Sun 4 May
5pm,Thu 1 May – Sun 4 May
5.30pm,Thu 1 May – Sun 4 May
6pm ,Thu 1 May – Sun 4 May
6.30pm, Thu 1 May – Sun 4 May

2.30pm Wed 7 May -Sun 11 May
3pm,Wed 7 May -Sun 11 May
3.30pm,Wed 7 May -Sun 11 May
4pm,Wed 7 May -Sun 11 May
4.30pm,Wed 7 May -Sun 11 May
5pm,Wed 7 May -Sun 11 May
5.30pm,Wed 7 May -Sun 11 May
6pm ,Wed 7 May -Sun 11 May
6.30pm,Wed 7 May -Sun 11 May
30 mins

Arts House
Meat Market
5 Blackwood St,
North Melbourne

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Across Syria, many gardens conceal the dead bodies of activists and protect those who are living from the violent thrusts of the regime. These domestic burials play out a continuing collaboration between the living and the dead. The dead protect the living by not exposing them to further danger at the hands of the state and the living protect the dead by conserving and nurturing their identities and their stories in the ground – by not allowing their deaths to become instruments to the regime through potential disappearance, anonymity and forgotten history.

Gardens Speak is an interactive sound installation containing the oral histories of 10 ordinary people who have been buried in Syrian gardens. Each narrative has been carefully constructed with the friends and family members of the deceased to retell their stories as they themselves would have recounted it. They are compiled with found audio that evidences their final moments.

“Art is supposed to be universal – and there is no more universal thing than fear of death. Or grief. In Gardens Speak, out of the most specific experience, Tania El Khoury crafts something massive.” Paul Mason, Channel 4.

Tania El Khoury
Jess Harrington

Supported by – Biladurang has been supported by Melbourne Fringe with ILBIJERRI and the Wilin Centre; Chunky Move; and the City of Melbourne through Arts House.
Image by –Tania El Khoury