Performance: Not Being Able to Speak is Torture
This sound installation and research creation project was developed by Luis C. Sotela (Canada Research Chair in Oral History Performance and professor in the theatre department) in collaboration with a family of Colombian refugees and sound artist Barry Prophet. Members of the family shared memories of their violent past in rural Colombia.
Groups of 9-12 people are invited to be still and silent inside this long, narrow room with the view of the exit blocked by partitions until the last corner is reached. The visitors will listen to the walls tell a story.
This event is part of the Oral History Association's conference Oral History in Our Challenging Times, hosted by Concordia University's Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling. The event brings together established researchers in universities and public history institutions, community-based oral historians, media and arts organizations, Concordia graduate students, and independent professionals.