Uncommon Grounds: Reverberations of War
Anuk Arudpragasam, Francesca Melandri, Taqi Akhlaqi
Reading and Discussion
How can one write about the devastation of wars and their aftermath on future generations? In his two novels, Tamil author Anuk Arudpragasam deals with a Sri Lankan civil war that lasted more than twenty-five years; Italian novelist Francesca Melandri addresses the colonial war in Abyssinia and the Second World War in Tyrol; Taqi Akhlaqi documents the conditions of war in Afghanistan in real time. Arudpragasam, Melandri, and Akhlaqi join together at the daadgalerie to discuss the narratability of war.
Prologue: Salomé Jashi’s short film Speechless (Georgia, 2009, 12 min).
Athena Farrokhzad, Moral According to Medea
Staged reading, followed by a discussion with Asal Dardan
I am Medea. / I have killed my children for thousands of years. / Every night I prepare to repeat my deed. / I am a cruel mother, I have defied humanity.
Athena Farrokhzad’s adaptation of the story of Medea begins where Euripides’s tragedy ends. In dealing with literary history, Farrokhzad writes Medea’s plea. The Sweden-based Amfi Ensemble presents at the daadgalerie a dramatic reading, arranged by Saga Gärde, with subtitles in German and English. Following the presentation, the Swedish poet and playwright will discuss her work with author Asal Dardan.
Kindly supported by the Swedish Embassy, the Swedish Arts Council, and the Swedish Arts Grants Committee.
Before and after the event, 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 6 pm.
Further events of the series Uncommon Grounds
Picture credit: Salomé Jashi, Speechless (Short film, Georgia 2009, 12 min). Filmstill