If You Want To Be Alive...Read My Lips by Maral Mamaghanizadeh, online, 7–11 October 2020, free entry
If You Want To Be Alive…Read My Lips is a performance film introducing artist Maral Mamaghanizadeh’s experience of deafness and jewellery making, her artistic practice, and becoming a refugee due to the political nature of her artwork.
Presented as part of Journeys International Festival 2020, the film showcases her bone china jewellery and demonstrates how the jewellery is worn, over the ears. A sound collage by sound designer Chris Bartholomew samples Iranian feminist protest songs and asks audiences to consider the difficulties of engaging politically when you do not have access to sound. Audiences must read Maral’s lips, giving an insight into her unique experience as a Deaf person and revealing the beauty of sign language that has finally given her a ‘voice.’
If You Want To Be Alive...Read My Lips by Maral Mamaghanizadeh, online