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TELLING STORIES: THE ART OF NARRATION IN THE WORK OF KATIA KAMELI
The practice of translation is central to the work of Katia Kameli, a Franco-Algerian artist and director. In this event, the artist will present several of her recent works, which explore entangled histories and practices of translation between cultures and temporalities across textual, verbal and visual media. In The Storyteller (2012), a story teller from the Djemaa al-Fna, the great plaza of Marrakech, narrates a tragic rollercoaster tale of loss, misfortune and friendship according to the conventions of traditional Arab storytelling. Spellbound by the power of his oration, we come to realize that the charismatic raconteur is in fact narrating the 1964 Hindi film Dosti (Friendship). Inhabiting the space between visual and verbal story-telling, the experience of the viewer/listener oscillates between the enchantment of modern technologies of entertainment and forms of narration that long preceded and still inhabit them.

Jan 27, 2021 12:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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