Ahmad BaBa – Unknown Reverberations

Šopa Gallery / Košice Artist in Residence, Hlavná 40, Košice 28.9.2022 at 7 p.m.

Unknown Reverberations  أصداء مجهولة ” is a visual per(form)ance art in a form of a promenade, based on a post migrational perspective on Queerness in relation to Arab* Identity(s). Ahmad BَaBَa will take the audience through a journey between different temporal and spatiel dimensions of “queer” existence. : an invisible past, incorporating linguistic, social, cultural, and religious elements on erotic, sexual and “non-normative” discourses from classical Arab* manuscripts. Into a distorted present that challenge the hegemony of Western narratives about Arabo-Islamic sexual and gender identities, asking why are we expected to identify with a “queerness” that we had no power in creating? Towards imagining a utopic future that holds more questions than offer answers.

Ahmad BaBa is a Lebanese visual and performative artist based in Berlin whose work is rooted in critical interdisciplinarity and anti-oppressive practices. Ahmad has experience in musical arts and is currently studying dance and movement therapy (master’s) with a focus on the development of physical, artistic and therapeutic processes.

His visualizations approach identity from a critical and collective archival perspective that revolves around an understanding of queerness in relation to a multi-layered Arab* Muslim identity(s).

The residency is supported using public funding by Slovak Arts Council. Slovak Arts Council is the main partner of the project. The project is also supported by the city Košice.