Lydia Ourahmane at Kevin Space

A Strange Encounter / Hey You (2): Lydia Ourahmane at Kevin Space

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Lydia Ourahmane at Kevin Space
Lydia Ourahmane & Lias Kaci Saoudi, common id, Kevin Space 2017.

Lydia Ourahmane’s performance “common id” is a stark chorus of sound and voices filling the space, spoken as a commentary against common reason, the taught and the habitual.

The protagonist moves through space, reluctantly, as a disagreement is acted out in call and response, Introduced by a Medahat song – the folk music sung traditionally by female singers in a code that men could not understand – recorded by Ourahmane in Sidi El Houari, Oran, Algeria. The cello behaves as a conversation between 2 positions of consciousness, a witness at the scene of a crime.

The performer in chant like speeches, carries the conflictual scenario of a scene of crime, its witness, its victim, its offender, and its system of justice. Positioned within unspoken laws that are inscribed in the individual and collective mindset, she re-enacts an oral history which is confronted by accusation, a call for cleansing, swallowed resistance and final acceptance. The central figure, transports antagonistic voices and characters, that emerge from contemporary landscapes of social conflict.

Lydia Ourahmane at Kevin Space
Lydia Ourahmane & Lias Kaci Saoudi, common id, Kevin Space 2017.
Lydia Ourahmane at Kevin Space
Lydia Ourahmane & Lias Kaci Saoudi, common id, Kevin Space 2017.
Lydia Ourahmane at Kevin Space
Lydia Ourahmane & Lias Kaci Saoudi, common id, Kevin Space 2017.
Lydia Ourahmane at Kevin Space
Lydia Ourahmane & Lias Kaci Saoudi, common id, Kevin Space 2017.
Lydia Ourahmane at Kevin Space
Lydia Ourahmane & Lias Kaci Saoudi, common id, Kevin Space 2017.
Lydia Ourahmane at Kevin Space
Lydia Ourahmane & Lias Kaci Saoudi, common id, Kevin Space 2017.
Lydia Ourahmane at Kevin Space
Lydia Ourahmane & Lias Kaci Saoudi, common id, Kevin Space 2017.
Lydia Ourahmane at Kevin Space
Lydia Ourahmane & Lias Kaci Saoudi, common id, Kevin Space 2017.
Lydia Ourahmane at Kevin Space
Lydia Ourahmane & Lias Kaci Saoudi, common id, Kevin Space 2017.
Lydia Ourahmane at Kevin Space
Lydia Ourahmane & Lias Kaci Saoudi, common id, Kevin Space 2017.
Lydia Ourahmane at Kevin Space
Lydia Ourahmane & Lias Kaci Saoudi, common id, Kevin Space 2017.
Lydia Ourahmane at Kevin Space
Lydia Ourahmane & Lias Kaci Saoudi, common id, Kevin Space 2017.
Lydia Ourahmane at Kevin Space
Lydia Ourahmane & Lias Kaci Saoudi, common id, Kevin Space 2017.
Lydia Ourahmane at Kevin Space
Lydia Ourahmane & Lias Kaci Saoudi, common id, Kevin Space 2017.
Lydia Ourahmane at Kevin Space
Lydia Ourahmane & Lias Kaci Saoudi, common id, Kevin Space 2017.
Lydia Ourahmane at Kevin Space
Lydia Ourahmane & Lias Kaci Saoudi, common id, Kevin Space 2017.
Lydia Ourahmane at Kevin Space
Lydia Ourahmane & Lias Kaci Saoudi, common id, Kevin Space 2017.

Photos by Laura Schaeffer