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Okwui Okpokwasili & Peter Born — Before the whisper becomes the word

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Working across media and disciplines, artist Okwui Okpokwasili with director Peter Born has conceived a room-sized video installation.

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Crossing The Line Festival 2021

Video Installation

Okwui Okpokwasili & Peter Born

Before the whisper becomes the word

Exhibition Opening

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 6pm

Followed by Artist Talk at 7pm

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Wednesday, October 20–Saturday, November 6, 2021

FIAF Gallery

Working across medium and disciplines, Igbo-American artist Okwui Okpokwasili, in collaboration with Peter Born, has conceived a room-sized video installation, which will be presented for the first time during the Crossing The Line Festival.

Using their own footage, the artists investigate the themes of remembrance, community mourning, and history: “This installation is a crossroads, a midpoint, a caesura. A place caught between worlds. Can we remember what came before while imagining the shape of a future landscape? We enter mid-song, a song that marks a singular moment in time while also expressing an entire lineage. The song is a container for an unreliable memory. From whose mouth is history born? Whose words are trusted when it comes to the telling of what happened? If the history we learn is that which is spoken aloud, what is learned by listening to the whispers that have not been written?

On Wednesday, October 20, join us for the opening in the FIAF Gallery from 6–7pm, followed by an artist talk with Okwui Okpokwasili and Festival curator Claude Grunitzky in English in the FIAF Skyroom.

Learn more at fiaf.org.

Please Note: Proof of Covid-19 vaccination required for entry. Masks must be worn by everyone over the age of two. Read more at fiaf.org/safety

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