reetu saatar's performance engaged visitors with the sound people grew up with in South Asia, simultaneously recognising the receding path into so-called ‘modernity.’
2-10 February 2018 | Dhaka Art Summit
14 July - 28 October 2018 | Liverpool Biennial
Performance with 30 musicians and 30 harmoniums
How do we encapsulate time via our shared past? This performance engaged visitors with the sound people grew up with in South Asia, simultaneously recognising the receding path into so-called ‘modernity.’ During the Dhaka Art Summit 2018, Harano Sur was performed as part of A Utopian Stage's transnationally roving amphitheatre, below the levels where differences appear. A space where artists, performers and filmmakers were inclusively incorporated within a collective arena of experimentation that echoed the progressive pitch of the Festival of Arts, Shiraz-Persepolis (1967-77), and the highs and lows of universalist utopian ideals. Amidst resurgent forces of cultural and political reactionism around the world, below the levels… proclaimed a radical site of collective exchange.
This project was co-commissioned by the Samdani Art Foundation and Liverpool Biennial, in association with Archaeology of the Final Decade and the New North and South.