Fari Bradley focuses on choice contemporary Middle Eastern, North African and South Asian sound, art and culture.
This week: audio from The 54th Venice Biennial opening. UK’s Block Universe present an Italian brass band playing the anthems of every country excluded from the main Giardini pavilions. By boat and on foot, the band intervene in the Venetian landscape with an almost ironic decorum that puts paid to sense of formality around the Giardini openings. Territorial Symphonies is by Lithuanian artist Indrė Šerpytyė,
Also, within the Giardini The National Pavilion of Denmark is comprised of an Arabic language, dystopian, future sci-fi set in Bethlehem after an eco-disaster. We speak to artist Larissa Sansour about her split screen work ‘Heirloom‘ and its accompanying sculpture. “What’s happening in Palestine is so surreal, that sometimes it feels that reality is more surreal than fiction itself…. I think that science fiction is reflective of Palestinian history… We’re always stuck in the past, always projecting the future. In a way this is how sci-fi feels.”
Repeats Wednesday 1-1.30pm
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