Archiving Voice

Nahed Mansour

2009, 04:15 minutes, colour, Arabic

TAPECODE 1056.02

Archiving Voice is a video-performance in which Mansour records herself reciting all 28 letters of the Arabic alphabet. She repetitively pronounces these letters in the order that they appear from the front of the mouth to the back of the mouth and back again, steadily increasing the pace with which she does so. Conducting this self-examination highlights the endurance, repetition, pressure, and frustration involved with articulating specific guttural letters that are not found in English. The works therefore speaks to the shared experience in struggling to preserve one’s mother tongue.

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