by Yara Mekawei
With Holy 204, Egyptian sound artist Yara Mekawei presents at the daadgalerie her first solo exhibition in Germany. Employing a variety of “resonating sculptures” created with a 3D printer, she takes visitors on a journey into the mysteries of Sufism, a subject that has fascinated her for years, inspiring and informing her research and artistic work.
Produced by the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program in collaboration with MaerzMusik – Festival for Time Issues.
Opening on March 20th, 2022 at 2 pm; running time: March 20th – May 15th, 2022.
Through the time of learning and practicing, experimenting and intensely discovering; between ambitious attempts to meticulously research musicology identity, I have keenly enjoyed a creative passion for writing about sound art in my mother tongue, Arabic.
I am delighted to announce my first book.
(There are sounds of the moving images.)
This Arabic text is about the history of digital art, and the contemporary conceptualization practices and theories through the ear vision, the sound as a philosophy and artistic medium.
As I wrote on its first page, I dedicate this book to Ahmed Basiony, my teacher, brother, and my friend. Who taught me how to use my ear.
I extend my thanks and love to the artist, my friend Ahmed Mohsen Mansour, who supported me and encouraged me to continue this work. Not only, but I would like to thank Mr. Yousif Al-Harbi, Director of the Culture and Arts Association in Dammam.
The book is a production of Saudi-Arabia society for culture and arts.