Filmed in Jordan in 2004, this is the first work by Jananne Al-Ani to feature her father. An earlier work, "A Loving Man", bought by the Imperial War Museum in 1999, was a video installation of a memory game, as the artist, her three sisters and her mother voiced their recollections of a loving father and husband who was absent.
In this new work Al-Ani began with an investigation of the history of the oral storytelling tradition in Arabic literature, using the tales of the Arabian Nights as a starting point. The later elevation in Western culture by European scholars of these same tales forms the basis of this new multi-screen projection work. The different roles appointed to male and female storytellers and the contrast between the public arena and the private domestic space is also explored.
Al-Ani again utilises memoirs from her family's archive, in this instance recordings she made a number of years ago of her sisters in which they each recollect and reminisce about a visit their father had made to the UK.
This new installation is a co-commission by Film &Video Umbrella and Norwich Gallery, Norwich School of Art and Design.
Jananne Al-Ani was one of the curators of "The Veil" exhibition organised by inIVA. She received the EAST award 2000. She has shown extensively internationally.
Exhibition: November 10 - December 17, 2004
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