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Shifting Inheritance

Nora Adwan

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Memories for Forgetfulness Elsewhere | V. Today Shifting Inheritance
Nora Adwan
2020

19 Minutes

Date
february 2–16, 2022

Shifting Inheritance is a three-screen video work filmed in Norway and Jordan, the adopted countries of the artist. The text is in three languages—Arabic, Norwegian, English—and describes the childhood nightmares and traumas of two generations of Palestinian refugees, where the trauma of the parents is reflected in the nightmares of their children. The imagery represents significant aspects of life, identity, and culture: landscape, harvest and traditional produce, energy resources, cooking techniques, representations of generations, birth and death. Most importantly the image travels, restless, on and on, searching through the two contrasting countries, through the mapped landscape with its changing borders and renamed countries.

Nora Adwan's Shifting Inheritance is presented within Today, the last of five chapters in Memories for Forgetfulness Elsewhere, an online film program curated by Irmgard Emmelhainz for e-flux Video & Film. The program streams in five thematic group screenings each two weeks long, and will be accompanied by two live discussions on February 2 and 15.

For more information, contact program@e-flux.com.

Category
Film, Land & territory, Migration & Immigration
Subject
Video Art, Palestine, Maps, Trauma, Middle East, Food & Cooking, Landscape
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Nora Adwan is influenced by geographical contexts, patterns of migration, displacement, and statelessness and takes an intuitive and emotional stance on these concepts. She is a multi-disciplinary artist working with sculpture, new media and technology, text and performance. In addition to her solo practice, Adwan works closely with other practitioners in collaborative projects, including with artists, musicians, social scientists, and dancers.

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