Omani Song Book

Video installation, HD projection on sand, 13:30 minutes, Oman/Berlin 2016

In March 2016, Verena Kyselka was driven to explore the effects of Arabic tradition on the modern growing city of Muscat in Oman. To what extent is the transformation process influential on the change which proceeds at breakneck pace? The songs and expressed stories have remained. They continued to exist and endure narrating myths and stories. How is longing or desire reflected in the songs? In collaboration with Omani artists, Verena Kyselka recorded traditional Omani songs in Muscat and in the Wahiba Sands and she visualized the feelings and emotions of the individual songs in experimental video collages. This work was created with the support of the Stal Gallery Muscat and the Goethe-Institute Gulf-Region.

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