Organised by AAIS
Even Though We Didn't Go Through It
Date: Friday 16 March 2018
Venue: P21 Gallery: 21 Chalton Street, London
Exhibition times: 13 to 15 March, 12:00 to 18:00
Door opens at 18:30
‘Even Though We Didn't Go Through It’ is an exhibition and a live performance designed by Thourayya Kreidieh and Jeehyeon Rosa Wang, as part of their MFA thesis project at the Interprofessional Studio of the Architectural Association, School of Architecture. The show intervenes on undocumented narratives in the South Korean and Lebanese history created by the fluctuating political conditions. As glorified moments have been captured in official documentation, a lot of other moments were left untraced. Through an immersive interactive experience of ‘Even Though We Didn't Go Through It’, the audience find themselves as witnesses of a collective reconstruction of neglected personal stories.
‘Even Though We Didn’t Go Through It’ explores the potentiality of interdisciplinary art and design in investigating a social thesis research. In both research projects, ‘Name My National Museum of Yours’, and ‘Would I Fit in Yours’, Wang and Kreidieh, expand on the concepts of personal narratives and memorial representational spaces to reframe historical documentation. By overlapping foreign collective memories, ‘Even Though We Didn’t Go Through It’ generates an intercultural dialogue among the audience of an immersive political performance. Through layers of choreography and multimedia installations, the concepts of repetition, narration and worthiness are questioned.
‘Name My National Museum of Yours’ by Jeehyeon Rosa Wang
This research reveals missing dates in the history of the National Museum of Korea planted in the collective memory of the young korean generation. By expressing her uncertainties and curiosities about her full imagined experience of “National Museum of Korea”, Jeehyeon creates a choreographed scene based on stories and interpretations of documented records and facts of the changes the National Museum of Korea underwent through Japanese colonial rule and 25 years of dictatorship. She treats the museum as a historical object of exploration creating a performative space where count, repetition and narration meet through layers of mixed media, printing installation and choreography.
‘Would I Fit In Yours?’ by Thourayya Kreidieh
Since 2005, Beirut has been suffering from continuous socio-political conflicts, echoing some events of the 1975 Lebanese war. The city is defined to be in a sustained situation undergoing change. ‘Would I Fit in Yours?’, grows out of a personal conversation to reflect and illuminate undocumented narratives happening during unstable times. It evolves to unveil, the female perspective of past experienced conflicts. Series of conversations between two female generations unfold personal trauma and volatilities. While the stories are being narrated, a factual exposition of the gender inequalities comprising some national legislations is presented. A space of overlapping narratives is created, where the concepts of hope, faith, and worthiness are questioned.
In Collaboration with:
Choreographer: Ania Straczynska
Performers: Elena Kolia Kalliopi, Eva Linyingchi, Paula Malgorzata Jankowska, Margret Schuetz,
Costume Designer: Qiuyu Yu
Sound Artist: Khodor Ellaik
AAIS Director: Theo Lorenz
AAIS Studio Master: Tanja Siems
Special thanks to Andrew Dean, David McAlmont, Heiko Kalmbach, Jihye Yoo, Joe Newman, Malgozata Dzierzon Mauricio Pauly, Miranda Orozco, Peter Szots, Renaud Wiser, Tuo Lin, Tarek Mourad, Weihan Chang.
All lectures are open to members of the public, staff and students unless otherwise stated.