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, as well as a sound recording station. The installation explores themes of identity and insecurity, using the lens of autohomophobia to examine the struggle between homosexual desires and the homophobic attitudes ingrained in Syrian society.
The artwork 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. Through the incorporation of audience voices, "Without Interpretation" highlights the ways in which harmful attitudes toward queer individuals are perpetuated and normalized within broader society.
Exile is a prominent theme in the installation. Through images of deserted landscapes and isolated figures, the artwork captures the sense of displacement and longing for acceptance and belonging that accompanies the experience of exile. The project challenges normalized homophobia within Syrian society and encourages conversation about the challenges faced by queer people in Syria and in exile.
By encouraging the audience to reflect on their own biases and perceptions while navigating the artist's emotional journey, "Without Interpretation" invites a deeper exploration of the complexities of identity and insecurity. Through an interactive experience that encourages conversations about the challenges faced by queer people in Syria and in exile, the artwork sheds light on the perpetuation of harmful attitudes within broader culture.
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.