Sophia Al-Maria


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    Sophia Al-Maria, Wayuu Creation Myth, 2018. Video still. Courtesy Sophia Al-Maria

Past Exhibition

This exhibition was on 15 Jan - 28 Apr 2019

Sophia Al-Maria: BCE

15 January – 28 April 2019

“Still there are seeds to be gathered, and room in the
bag of stars.” Ursula K. Le Guin, The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction, 1986

Speculative fiction writer Ursula K. Le Guin reimagines narrative as a feminist project. Instead of the heroic, masculine hunter as the framework for all storytelling, she urges us to consider the simplicity of the gatherer, and the container or carrier as the basis for narrative. These myths invite us to imagine another kind of history to shape a different future, where the binaries of light and dark, female and male, good and evil have dissolved.

The writings of artist Sophia Al-Maria (b. 1983, USA) gather untold histories, anecdotes, images, sounds and autobiography into her carrier bag of fiction. Drawing on a year of performances and readings, her audio-visual display centres around two creation myths: one from the ancient past, one from the distant future. One originates with the Wayuu tribe in northern Colombia; the other has been created in dialogue with artist and writer Victoria Sin.

Supported by Barjeel Art Foundation


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Rising up in the infinite sky

Sun 28 Apr 2019, 3pm
£5/£3.50 concs, booking required

Reaching into deep time and queering our relationship to the origin of life, this performative event features readings by Sophia Al-Maria and a live performance by artist Victoria Sin.

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