‘Even Though We didn’t Go Through It’ explores the potentiality of interdisciplinary art and design in investigating a social thesis research. In both research projects, ‘Name My National Museum of Yours’, and ‘Would I Fit in Yours’ , Wang and Kreidieh, expand on the concepts of personal narratives and memorial representational spaces to reframe historical documentation. By overlapping foreign collective memories, ‘Even Though We didn’t Go Through It’ generates an intercultural dialogue among the audience of an immersive political performance. Through layers of choreography and multimedia installations, the concepts of repetition, narration and worthiness are questioned.
Name My National Museum of Yours by Jeehyeon Wang
‘Name My National Museum of Yours’ by Jeehyeon Rosa Wang
This research reveals missing dates in the history of the National Museum of Korea planted in the collective memory of the young korean generation. By expressing her uncertainties and curiosities about her full imagined experience of “National Museum of Korea”, Jeehyeon creates a choreographed scene based on stories and interpretations of documented records and facts of the changes the National Museum of Korea underwent through Japanese colonial rule and 25 years of dictatorship. She treats the museum as a historical object of exploration creating a performative space where count, repetition and narration meet through layers of mixed media, printing.in.
‘Would I Fit In Yours?’ by Thourayya KreidiehSince 2005, Beirut has been suffering from continuous socio-political conflicts, echoing some events of the 1975 Lebanese war. The city is defined to be in a sustained situation undergoing change. ‘Would I Fit in Yours?’, grows out of a personal conversation to reflect and illuminate undocumented narratives happening during unstable times. It evolves to unveil, the female perspective of past experienced conflicts. Series of conversations between two female generations unfold personal trauma and volatilities. While the stories are being narrated, a factual exposition of the gender inequalities comprising some national legislations is presented. A space of overlapping narratives is created, where the concepts of hope, faith, and worthiness are questioned.