24th June 2021 | 18:00 -20:00
Unnarrated is an installation by the ElZi Collective which uses fragmented moving image, reflection and performance to dismantle western notions of knowing in relation to feminine spirituality in North Africa. Unnarrated explores oral histories and notions deconstructing what is beyond language and communication within the context of North African cultures.
For this exhibition, ElZi Collective researched spirituality and mysticism in relation to the influence of Islam in North Africa, particularly feminine spirituality. These practices or, some times even rituals, represent a strand of knowledge that has not been authentically documented in history books yet rather passed on orally through generations, which, at times, destabilised the continuity of the narrative. The artists are particularly interested in the notion of ‘external inaccessibility of knowledge’, an inaccessibility that has not been defined by the Western template of knowledge, one that was shaped through post-colonial, collective social knowledge. This artistic interest subsequently scrutinises the diasporic approach to understanding one’s identity while preserving cultural continuum.
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Unnarrated is a reACT project in partnership with Amal (a Saïd Foundation programme), supported by HUB Collective, Arab British Centre and Arts Council England