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Sirah Foighel Brutmann & Eitan Efrat

Measuring Narrative With Water

Audio-visual performance
Duration: 1 hour
Spoken in English and Danish, with English subtitles

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Measuring Narrative With Water

To what extent can we be held accountable for the histories we inherit?

Between 1920 and 1922, Knud Heckscher, Sirah Foighel Brutmann’s great-grandfather, travelled from Copenhagen to Bangkok and back over water. During these two years, he meticulously recorded his daily life in a series of 107 letters and a collection of black-and-white pictures. They reveal Knud’s complex personality and the nauseating environment he was navigating at the time.

In 2020, Foighel Brutmann inherited these letters and pictures. While the pictures are projected, she performs excerpts from the letters in different languages, retellings, and accents. Efrat supports the images with electronic effects and acoustic sounds. Be taken on a journey back in time.

! The original letters and photos contain racist and antisemitic content !

Sirah Foighel Brutmann and Eitan Efrat have been collaborating for several years now, creating audio-visual installations and performances. They both live and work in Brussels. In their work, they explore the ways in which images can be interpreted, how long we can pass stories from generation to generation and the influence of memory on this. Their works have been shown in duo exhibitions in several international arts centres and at festivals. Sirah and Eitan are currently teaching at ERG, Brussels. They support the struggle for the liberation of the Palestinian people in Palestine and around the world, and therefore refuse any monetary transaction with government-subsidised institutions in Israel.

Play dates

  • Measuring Narrative With Water

By and with Sirah Foighel Brutmann & Eitan Efrat Dramaturgical doula Bouchra Lamsyeh Source text and photographs Knud Heckscher Recorded voices Hanne Foighel & Rita Efrat Additional video material shot by Hanne Foighel, Leni Huyghe, Simon Halsberghe, Ula Sickle, Nilus Efrat & Gabriel Schenker Screen support Sabrina Seifried Produced by Messidor With the support of The Flemish Community, Morpho, Arts Centre Nona, Beursschouwburg, Kunsthal Extra City, Arts Centre Buda, Contour & Kunstenwerkplaats

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