Tania El Khoury brings, As Far As My Fingertips Take Me, to Freehand New York.
The piece is an individual experience with a running time of 15 minutes. Session must be booked in advance. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your scheduled time.
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An encounter through a gallery wall between an audience member and a refugee. Their arms touch without seeing each other. The refugee will mark the audience by drawing on their arm. The audience will listen to those who have recently challenged border discrimination. The marking can be kept or washed away.Tania El Khoury commissioned musician and street artist Basel Zaraa who was born a Palestinian refugee in Syria to record a rap song inspired by the journey his sisters made from Damascus to Sweden. Through touch and sound, this intimate encounter explores empathy and whether we need to literally “feel” a refugee in order to understand the effect of border discrimination on peoples’ lives.
Our fingertips facilitate touch and sensations but are also used by authorities to track many of us. In today’s Europe, a refugee’s journey can be set as far as their fingertips take them. The Dublin Regulation mandated a fingerprinting database across Europe for all refugees and migrants. The regulation often means that a refugee is sent back to where their fingertips were first recorded, without any regard to their needs, desires, or plans.
Trailer Video: https://vimeo.com/212813587
Tania is an artist with the Freehand Fellowship. Since opening Freehand New York has collaborated with Bard College to offer Freehand Fellowships for multi-disciplinary artists-in-residence at the hotel. This program is intended to foster and support artists in various disciplines, from diverse backgrounds, and at all stages of their career. A rare artistic undertaking, partly inspired by the building’s history as a haven for creatives, selected artists will be awarded a paid, year-long Fellowship and have the unique opportunity to live, work and exhibit at the hotel.