Bouchra Khalili’s contribution to the The Diasporic Schools Project by Kunstenfestivaldesarts Brussels is online
November 11, 2020
At the invitation of Kunstenfestivaldesarts 2020 (Brussels) and its Diasporic Schools, Bouchra Khalili proposes an “Audio Family Album”. Starting from the legacy of Al Assifa, a theatre group active between 1972 and 1978 that consisted of a group of North African workers – all born colonised – and their French student allies, Al Assifa also published a newspaper, Al Assifa: The Voice of Arab Workers. Audio cassettes were also used to circulate this content among Maghreb-descendent communities in several French cities, reaffirming oral narration as a powerful practice of resistance to the official discourse and to dominant knowledge. Al Assifa were the subjects of Khalili’s The Tempest Society, a video installation (documenta 14, 2017) and a publication (Bookworks, London, 2019).