ONE HUNDRED LULLABIES
Songs for Syrian Refugees
This event occurred in conjunction with Humanly Possible: The Empathy Exhibit at Instinct Art Gallery on December 5, 2015
Nooshin Hakim, Pedram Baldari and Andreea-Sorina Koch recorded anyone willing to sing a song of comfort, and compiled these songs to send to groups of Syrian Refugees. There was a private recording booth for singers as well as performances in the main gallery.
Arists Katayoun Amjadi, Aida Shahghasemi, Qais Munhazim, Ali Mahdavi, Saeed Hashemi, Nooshin Hakim, Pedram Baldari and Andreea-Sorina Koch performed music and told intimate stories based on their experiences living through war in their home countries. Featured artist in the exhibition Catherine L. Johnson read her I/ThoU poem with Lars-Erik Larson on percussion. See photos from the event as well as Nooshin Hakim Javadi's statement on the One Hundred Lullabies project below:
One Hundred Lullabies was formed through our enthusiasm for viewing art as a platform: a platform that intersects with the audience to create a mutual experience for the artist and the viewer in the form of a performance. In this platform the viewer is no longer a curious passerby who gazes upon the work, but rather is a fundamental element who steps out of their comfort zone and creates the work along with the artist.
During One Hundred Lullabies we had the chance to share our most inner fears and experiences with the audience through stories of living in a war zone. This created an opportunity for us and the audience to be exposed in the most vulnerable position of human bond, through a conversation that normally never happens. Furthermore, by involving the viewer in the process with our musical sessions, we created a momentum where the boundaries were broken for everyone to compromise and create. The participants sang and recorded their songs of comfort for people they do not know, who are living on the other side of the world, who are going through the similar situation that the artists lived through in their childhood.
Our partner in Germany is working with the Syrian refugees, and will gift each song to a Syrian kid as a sign of hope on a human level and in an informal way. These songs are going to travel to the refugee camps and find their final audience: kids who are living in a situation that has been imposed upon them not by choice but just because of the geographical location of their birth.
This work is a sharing and caring platform of human bond to translate how easy it could be to connect with another human soul through art.
-Nooshin Hakim Javadi