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Arts and Performance

Political Listening: The Forensic Turn in Art and Architecture

March 27, 2020 at 5:15pm7:15pm EDT

Slocum Hall

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Light Work’s Urban Video Project (UVP) presents Walled Unwalled, an exhibition by 2019 Turner Prize recipient Lawrence Abu Hamdan. The work is on view at UVP’s outdoor projection site on the north facade of the Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison Street, February 13 – March 28, 2020, Thursdays through Saturdays, from dusk until 11 p.m.

In conjunction with Lawrence Abu Hamdan’s exhibition, filmmaker Ana Naomi De Sousa presents a screening and talk, Political Listening: The Forensic Turn in Art and Architecture, on Friday, March 27, 2020, at 5:15 p.m., in Slocum Hall Auditorium (on College Place) on the Syracuse University campus. De Sousa will relate her experience as a research fellow in Forensic Architecture working on the Saydnaya Project, which used “ear-witness” testimony of survivors of Syria’s infamous Saydnaya prison to reconstruct its architecture. Her lecture will include screenings, including excerpts from Saydanya (2016) and Lawrence Abu Hamdan’s Walled Unwalled (2018).


Ana Naomi De Sousa is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and writer whose work addresses history, spatial politics, and identity. Her documentaries include Angola – Birth of a Movement (2012), The Architecture of Violence (2013), and Hacking Madrid (2015). As a collaborator with Forensic Architecture, she was the filmmaker on the 2016 Saydnaya Project. She has written for Al Jazeera English, The Funambulist, and The Guardian, among others. Her latest short, about a women-led rainforest conservation project in Ecuador, aired on Al Jazeera English in February 2020 as part of the Women Make Science series.

This event is co-presented with the Syracuse University School of Architecture; College of Visual and Performing Arts Department of Transmedia;  S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and the Television, Radio & Film department in Newhouse; Dan Pacheco, the Peter A. Horvitz Endowed Chair in Journalism Innovation at Newhouse; and The Canary Lab at Syracuse University.

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This event was published on February 25, 2020.

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