Uncommon Grounds: Matana Roberts – Opening
doors 7 pm / start concert 8 pm
Matana Roberts (fellow 2019–20) is returning to the daadgalerie for the opening of the interdisciplinary event series Uncommon Grounds! Last year, strict Covid regulations impacted their immersive sound and video installation We Hold These Truths, so this presentation will finally give them the opportunity to engage and communicate directly with the audience.
Matana Robert’s work is influenced by extensive travels to parts of the American south, western Europe, Africa, Indonesia, and India by air, train, and water. These voyages have allowed them to build on a personal archive of experience leading to a thematic focus on migration, memory, sound, and the place of history in uncertain times.
Of their work, Matana says the following: “At my artistic core, I am firmly dedicated to creating a unique and very personal body of sound work that speaks to, and reminds people from all walks of life to reach, stand up, and give voice, regardless of difference, created from mere labels of intellectual classification. In my ideal world the idea of ‘difference’, is an illusion designed only for modern economic division and elitist intellectual hierarchy. Through my life’s work, I stand creatively in defiance.”
Before and after the concert, works by Shadi Habib Allah, Pallavi Paul (Nayi Kheti/New Harvest, 2013), Alicja Rogalska (Dark Fibres, 2021) are on view at the daadgalerie. Therefore, the doors already open at 7 pm.
During the concert, wearing an FFP2 mask is mandatory.
Picture credit: Paula Court