Limerent Objects, 2019
Faena Forum, Amphitheater
ABOUT THE WORK
Sophia Al-Maria will be creating a new commission for the Faena Forum Amphitheater, as part of her Limerent Objects series of videos imagining the myths and rituals of the pre-and-post human, emerging and disappearing from collective consciousness. This single-channel video and installation casts Al-Maria’s collaborator Yumna Marwan into the center of this sanctuary-like space filled with pomegranate incense, as an abject Persephone/Kore- type figure, trapped outside of time and space. This bloody and ravenous Queen of the underworld, a figure Agamben called ‘the unspeakable girl’, — occupied a central place in Eleusinian mystery cults’ secret rites to ensure food security and harmonious balance with nature. This work continues Al-Maria's interest in the relationship of myth-making to world-building/breaking as well as the fantasy of history as fact. In this and the previous Limerent Object - glossolalic words approach utterance but are never spoken. The repetitive meditation draws the viewer down towards an ecstatic trance state, akin to explosive fugues of mystics and mourners— where Marwan, glimmers in and out of the grenadine-hued cenote. This second Limerent Object is an altar, an unpinned grenade and meditative seed for the audience to carry with them.
Sophia Al-Maria is an artist, writer and filmmaker. She studied comparative literature at the American University in Cairo, and aural and visual cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. For the past few years, she has been carrying out research around the concept of Gulf Futurism. Her work has been exhibited in various institutional shows around the world including Beast Type Song, Tate Britain, London, UK (2019); Sophia Al-Maria: BCE, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2019); 2015 Triennial: Surround Audience, New Museum, New York, NY, USA (2015); Do It, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, UK (2013); The 9th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2012).
Sophia Al-Maria was born in 1983. She lives and works in London.