String Knot

Screen-Shot-2020-06-18-at-22.55.21-1

This is a preparation of the string of  traditional cello, drawn from my experiences of learning to play in the war zone of Kurdistan-Iraq. This preparation is a representation of the physical adaptations that were necessary in my country because of the international trade embargoes, when we did not have access to materials and had to, for example, fix broken strings with knots. Therefore, I started to prepare my cello as a reflection on the sounds that were part of my daily life, with for example sirens, explosions, instability, struggle. These experiences changed my relationship with the instrument and paralyzed some instrumental functions, prompting me to search for new possibilities. This paralysis reflects a kind of socio-political and cultural paralysis.