DLAF17 Artist Profile- Umama Hamido

This year's DLAF

TIME: 15.00
DATE: Sunday 20 August
VENUE: The Complex
FEE: €10
You can get tickets here

In the summer of 2014 Umama Hamido travelled from her city Beirut to the Bekaa Valley, visiting villages on the borders of Lebanon and Syria. She was drawn by the beauty of the people and a way of life much removed from the one she was accustomed to in the capital city. This is a world of local tribes, rebel fighters, and people who have fled from the ongoing civil war in the neighbouring country.

HIND documents a landscape and the daily life of a people who inhabit it. In this cinematic performance, Umama takes the audience on a journey through sound and image, sharing film footage which captures both the serenity and beauty of this environment and the inhabitants but also a reality of tension, poverty, fear and imminent danger.

Umama Hamido is a Lebanese artist that currently resides in London. She has a Masters degree in Performance Art from Goldsmith University. Her work spans different disciplines and mediums including performance, film, and sound. She employs cine verité footage and audio recordings as tools to explore the politics of space – imagined and real – as she negotiates the human’s relation to traumatic spaces, and how the formation of the self is affected in the context of separation and marginality in Lebanon and its neighbouring countries. 

HIND is supported by BANNER, an Artsadmin initiative which presents compelling work by artists who have recently graduated from art school. This production was made possible through Al-Mawred al Thaqafy – Culture Resource’s Production Awards Program