About Autohomophobia, Exile, and other insecurities.
"Without Interpretation: About Autohomophobia, Exile, and other insecurities" is an interactive audiovisual installation that takes on multiple formats, featuring 1, 2, and 4 video projections/screens, as well as a sound recording station. The installation delves into the complexities of identity and insecurity faced by the artist.
Through the lens of autohomophobia, the artist's struggle with his own homosexual desires and the homophobic attitudes ingrained in his society is examined.
The installation creates a space for the audience to record their own thoughts and judgments on a special microphone. These recordings are edited and looped directly in the exhibition space, becoming a part of the artwork.
Exile is a prominent theme in the artist's work. As a queer person who has been exiled from his home country, he has experienced ostracism and isolation in multiple contexts, both in his home country because of his sexuality and in his exile because of his origins.
The installation captures the sense of displacement and longing for acceptance and belonging that accompanies the artist's experience of exile, featuring images of deserted landscapes and isolated figures.
Through "Without Interpretation," the artist challenges normalized homophobia within Syrian society and encourages conversation about the challenges faced by queer people in Syria and in exile. The project invites the audience to reflect on their own biases and perceptions while navigating the artist's emotional journey.
The artist's experience of insecurity is not limited to his own struggles with autohomophobia and the challenges of exile. He has also faced ostracism and discrimination within the broader culture of Syria and in his new environment as a refugee. By incorporating the audience's voices into the installation, "Without Interpretation" highlights the ways in which harmful attitudes toward queer individuals are perpetuated and normalized within society. The interactive experience encourages conversations about the challenges faced by queer people in Syria and in exile, while shedding light on the perpetuation of harmful attitudes.
Using Max and Arduino a piece of hardware and software were programmed to allow the audience to participate autonomously. Staking and looping up to 15 voices at the same time.
The project was possible with the support of L'atelier des artistes en exil and With the support of the endowment fund for contemporary art Marie-Thérèse Allier.
Exhibited in Cité internationale des arts Site de Montmartre - Paris, France as part of Festival Vision d'exil.