Unexpected Voices by Adam Benkato
Saturday, 12th May 2018, 14:30 - 16:00
Libyan-American scholar and writer Adam Benkato will be exploring some very unexpected voices from the Libyan past, preserved in a recently discovered archive of vinyl LPs recorded in Libya in the 1940s. He will consider how these may contribute to Libyan memory and heritage and how they parallel the ways in which we as individuals recollect the past and the disappearing signposts.
“We view the past through images or text.Though these may be intimate and may stimulate memories, conversations, and emotions, they are also two-dimensional and are removed from the people who made them or are in them. But when we have the opportunity to hear voices, we have access to a different kind of past—one we hear directly rather than recreate for ourselves.” Adam Benkato
Benkato was raised in Houston,Texas and has lived in Benghazi and London and is now based in Berlin. His research engages with Libyan language, literature and history and addressing themes of heritage, diaspora, and post-coloniality.The curator of ‘The Silphium Gatherer’, it is a blog focused on scholarship of Libya in the arts, histories, ethnography, linguistics, literature, music, and urban studies.
For more: https://silphiumgatherer.com/
Tickets £1 online or £5 at the door
Supported by: AFAC: The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, British Council, Noon Arts Projects & DARF Publishers