WHO SAYS THIS IS NOT THE WAY IT SHOULD BE?

2010

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Two channel video installation.
Sullivan Galleries, December, 2010, Chicago, IL.
Duration: 8min 16sec and 8min 46sec.

The perormances were realized in Humbolt Park and Humbolthain Park, in Chicago and Berlin respectively. In each city, I created a workshop with students from the surrounding high schools of each area as participants. With the groups of youth thus formed, we worked on songs they liked collectively or individually, placing emphasis on the verse. The process aimed at studying our relationship to lyrical music, treating it both as material for private use and emotional charge as well as a common good and a tool for collective interrelating. The parks functioned as stages for the presentation of this collective work, made of phrases and fragments of verse. This improvised choir was repeated in two different cultural environments, with different influences, though with similar outcomes.

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Installation view in Sullivan Galleries

WHO SAYS THIS IS NOT THE WAY IT SHOULD BE?, Berlin

Director of Photography: Vassiliea Stylianidou

Musical score : Boris Hauf

Participants : Sibel Turnagöl, Hatice Kübra Güten, Nora Falefrio, Belkisa Ibraimi, Berlinda Imbraimi, Christian Auzic, Güner Yener, Nicole Rachel Stoepel, Junaid Warrich

WHO SAYS THIS IS NOT THE WAY IT SHOULD BE?
, Chicago

Directors of photography: Yoni Goldstein, Tommy Heffron

Musical score : Chris Peck

Participants: Kristy Ford, Raijean Ford, Vante Johnson, Randi Rogers,
Alfonzo Kahlil (A.J) Smith, Jr., Keisha (Kush) L. Thompson, Shawn Turnage