Echoes & Reverberations

Hayward Gallery

23 June - 16 August 2015

Visual Arts ·

Planting Sound

Planting Sound


Tues 23 June – Sun 16 August 2015
Mon, 12-6pm; Tue, Wed, Sat, Sun, 11am-7pm; Thu-Fri, 11am-8pm

Free, no booking required

Hayward Gallery Project Space

Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre,
Belvedere Road,
London SE1 8XX

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Through objects, performances, videos, and including new commissions, this group exhibition explores performative approaches to aural culture and oral history.

From Jumana Emil Abboud’s weaving of Palestinian folktales into contemporary life to Joe Namy’s interest in collectively performed sound and music, the artists in the exhibition employ different creative strategies to both conjure and challenge cultural memory.

Saturday 18 July: Performance day
2pm – 5.30pm. Free admission

A day of newly commissioned performances from artists in ‘Echoes & Reverberations’. All performances will take place in Queen Elizabeth Hall Front Room, Southbank Centre



Samah Hijawi, ‘The Wandering Singer of Tales’

Based around the life of a singer called Layla, this lecture-performance explores image-making and narratives in relation to experiences of loss and dislocation. Located in the political and artistic histories around Palestine,  ‘The Wandering Singer of Tales’ questions the temporality of images following a ruptured history of trauma and exile in the last century.


Jumana Emil Abboud, ‘A Happy Ending part II: Two Skins, the Stories’

In this vocal performance Jumana Emil Abboud moves in and between her audience as she regales them with stories drawn from Palestinian folktales. To conclude her performance, Abboud will give away small clay talismanic objects – vessels for personal stories – in the manner of a traditional Palestinian ceremony.


Joe Namy, ‘space, breath, time’

Joe Namy brings together a group of musicians – many of whom are meeting for the first time – to play a part-improvised, text-based score written for South Asian portable harmoniums. Audience members are invited to walk amongst the seated harmonium players in order to experience the work’s sonic resonances.

Co-commissioned by the Hayward Gallery, Delfina Foundation, the Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah and Shubbak, this exhibition launches Staging History, an initiative by Delfina Foundation to support research and new commissions of performance art from the Arab region and beyond.

Supported by Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah, A. M. Qattan Foundation and with funds raised through Art Basel Crowdfunding Initiative.

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