As Far As Isolation Goes (Online)
Tania El Khoury and Basel Zaraa
A collaboration between live artist Tania El Khoury and musician and street artist Basel Zaraa.
In this one-on-one performance, experience an intimate, moving encounter with a refugee, re-imagined for the online space.
From Lebanese-British live artist, Tania El Khoury and musician and street artist Basel Zaraa, comes a powerful work that explores the mental and physical state of refugees, cast against the inhumane conditions of detention centres.
Built from their original collaboration As Far As My Fingertips Take Me, in which El Khoury commissioned Zaraa to record a rap song inspired by the journey his sisters made from Damascus to Sweden, As Far as Isolation Goes recreates this one-on-one performance for the online context.
El Khoury’s work raises timely questions about the borders that separate us – both visible and invisible. As Far as Isolation Goes uses touch, sound, and interactivity to bring audience members in contact with those faced with inhumane detention centres and a mental health system that disregards their political and emotional contexts.
Born a Palestinian refugee in Syria, Zaraa creates a song inspired by conversations with his friends and colleagues who have recently claimed refuge in the United Kingdom. His music draws us into a personal and collective experience – of his life and the lives of other refugees – grappling with loss, isolation and an uncertain future in a foreign land.
Intimate, poetic and heart-rending, As Far As Isolation Goes creates a rare moment of connection and understanding, one that will stay with you even after you say goodbye.