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"My work as an artist has always driven me towards themes
that are related to performance. For this project (which
requires personal involvement on my part), I had the idea
of filming Adonis as he recites his poetry. My ambition
was to produce a filmed document of Adonis’s recited
poetry, which would serve, by way of this privileged example, as a celebration of Arab poetry’s oral dimension.
When Adonis recites his poetry, he provides it with a
bodily dimension. His voice, filled with emotions, is at
the service of the language, and brings forth its musicality, as well as its warm and sensual tones. It is a tribute to the voice, to the music of the Arabic language, to a tradition that is still very much alive.
This piece disposes of one type of frame, one type of shot,
and one type of lighting. The date references before each
poem remind the viewer of the performative aspect of
this project. Without music and without illustration, the
setting is treated minimally (black background), which
goes hand in hand with my preferred way of treating the
image. For me, it is simply a matter of bringing the voice
and the Arabic language to the forefront.
This project forms the logical conclusion to a book of
interviews that I conducted with my father (Conversations
avec Adonis, mon père), which was published by Editions
du Seuil, Paris, in 2006.
Unlike the book, which found me on my father's own
territory (language, writing, literature, the text, the book, etc.), this project consists of a genuine meeting between our respective worlds, the artistic universe and the poetic/literary universe."
Ninar Esber 2011
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