A Stage for Any Revolution was an open modular ‘stage’ by artist Alia Farid based on an architectural model from 1929 by constructivist set designer, Victor Shestakov. The stage, re-envisaged for Edgware Road was used by the public in different ways; for long-distance participation in events happening across the Arab world, for sitting together to share discussions, for making declarations or speeches, for convening groups of people, and hosting events.
On 11 July, Alia Farid will launch the stage with a performance of Zoe Leonard’s I want a President… in Arabic and English. This collective reading is part of an ongoing project initiated by artists Malin Arnell, Kajsa Dahlberg, Johanna Gustavsson and Fia-Stina Sandlund in collaboration with artist Zoe Leonard.
To mark the launch of Bright Echo, Sophia Al-Maria responded to Alia Farid’s A Stage for Any Revolution by organising Acts of Memory – Tyburnia, a performance of Monica Ross’ original piece Anniversary – an act of memory which is a collective, multilingual recitation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Acts of Memory – Tyburnia was performed at 3.30pm on 18 July at Nutford Place.
Sophia Al-Maria is a writer who lives in London now. In 2012 her first book, The Girl Who Fell to Earth received high praise in the United States from The New York Times to Elle Magazine and is being published in Arabic as Between the Earth and the Sky this year. In January 2015 Sophia was selected for the Sundance Institute’s Screenwriting Lab where she worshipped her Egyptian revenge thriller, Beretta. Her first solo show Virgin with a Memory at Manchester’s Cornerhouse drew on the subject matter of the film and the un-making of it.
Listen to the recitation Acts of Memory – Tyburnia here: