Yara Mekawei: Holy 204
With works by Yara Mekawei
Attention: the exhibition will be closed on Tuesday, May 10th, due to technical adjustments
With Holy 204, Egyptian sound artist Yara Mekawei presents her first solo exhibition in Germany at the daadgalerie. Employing a variety of “resonating sculptures” created with a 3D printer, she takes visitors on a journey into the mysteries of Sufism, a subject that has fascinated her for years, inspiring and informing her research and artistic work.
Since 2014, Yara Mekawei has been working on a translation system for sounds heard in the background of Sufi texts; she uses a traditional, cryptographic method to encode and decode Arabic letters in numeric form. In Holy 204, Mekawei works with Sufi poems by philosophers from the tenth and thirteenth centuries, Ibn al-Farid and Al-Hallaj. Translated into combinations of numbers, these poems serve as the basis for her sound compositions and 3D-sculptures—a translation process that not only adds another layer of meaning to the multifaceted wisdom of the past, but also brings it to life for the present.
With her translations and transformations between analogue and digital materials, text and numbers, cipher and decipherment, past and future, as well as spirituality and rationality, Yara Mekawei poses the major questions of ethics in an emotionally impactful way—issues that have gained new relevance in the present-day pandemic.
Produced by the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program in collaboration with MaerzMusik – Festival for Time Issues.
Yara Mekawei is a current music & sound fellow of the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program
Free admission; no Covid regulations; please wear a mask
At the opening (March 20th, 2pm-5pm), 2G+ rule applies (vaccinated/recovered plus test or booster vaccination)