'Art Now' Showcase Sophia Al-Maria Video

Image Credit: Tate Britain

Image Credit: Tate Britain

Sophia Al-Maria is a London based artist and screenwriter whose video Beast Type Song will debut at the Tate Britain this month. The video explores the relationship between language and education and they role this can play in the erasure of personal and cultural identities. The work features as part of an ongoing series of free exhibitions at the Tate which focus on showcasing emerging artists.

However Al-Maria is already an accomplished artist, with her first solo exhibition being held in the Whitney Museum if American Art in 2016. She has also been nominated for Film London’s Jarman Award and was the Whitechapel Galleries writer in residence in 2018.

In the video, the protagonists reflect on their varying cultures. Each character encounters some form of violence in the video, reflective of their life encounters. Al-Maria herself lived between Washington state and Doha and much of her work draws on the experience of growing up between two opposing cultures and features as a character in Beast Type Song. The stories are given the context of a science fiction-esque solar battle, using the language of movement and music to give a voice to those whose words fail them.

The exhibit will include the script and photographs relating to the artists research process.

20 September 2019 – 26 January 2020

Free admission

Open daily 10.00 – 18.00

TEXT BY ISOBEL GORMAN-BUCKLEY