Photographed by Hiba Nabulsi
Sitting editor/Concept: Khalid Abdel-Hadi
Copy editor: Eliza Marks
Art piece worn by Fadi Zumot
Models/Characters: Yara Asili, Abad Lahham, Moe, Farah Ra’ed Abu Baker , Hescham Karshan, Sam Jaber, Mona
Special thanks to MMAG for having us and allowing us to use the space
How central is the voice to everyday communication? What is the connection between voices, identities and bodies? Many of us question our own voice, how its tone affects our daily interactions, whether we can raise or accept it, whether we should use it for change or stifle it? How the voice sometimes fails us, and other times, seems disconnected from the self or others?
This shoots investigates alternative forms of communication through new media, conceptualizing the voice as something tangible and visible. Sound is of course important to communication, but so too are drawing, painting, dance, acting, and other ways of symbolizing the abstract.
We capture a performance art piece created by artist and designer Fadi Zumot titled, Leg to Neck, Neck to Thigh, Thigh to Arm, which was part of a Spring Sessions exhibition, Tfadalo 3alma’arad, that took place at the National Museum of Fine Art in Amman, Jordan.
A 48-hour performance explores intimacy by testing the limits of the body and the possibilities of the mind in which male performers continuously negotiate a space in custom-made nude suits that are tightly connected to one another: leg to neck, neck to thigh, thigh to arm. The performers’ behavior and interactions are highly restricted. While creating this performative sculpture they are prohibited from using communication to interact with one another and the audience. Thus, each performer must exist by himself, yet remain connected and affected by the other performers’ actions and movements. An ever-shifting image of chance intimacy evolves, as the relationships between performers shift in the absence of communication.
About Hiba Nabulsi:
A Drama student based in Jordan, who collects and captures moments, emotions, and personal anecdotes through media including film and photography. Stigmatized and taboo subjects have always captured Hiba’s attention, as she’s always inspired by people around her; their feelings, their behaviors, and their stories