Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Sana'a - City of light

We are invited by the German and French embassy to do a light/video/soundinstallation in the old city of Sanaa / Yemen for about ten days during the Ramadan in 2007.
It is announced to be a collaboration with a french music producer and musicians/technicians from the Yemen, and will take place around the Bab al-Yemen ("Gate to the Yemen"), that served as the Entrance to the old city of Sanaa and is regarded as a national monument of the Yemen.

"Bab al-Yemen"

The Washington Post wrote about this place, which is part of the Unesco World heritage:
"Less than 50 years ago, the walls that meet at Bab al-Yemen encompassed all of Sanaa, then a city of just tens of thousands and more medieval than modern. Today, its residents number nearly 2 million, and the sprawling capital stretches beyond the walls for miles in every direction. Bab al-Yemen has somehow managed the transition. Unlike some Arab markets, fetishized for tourists in places like Cairo and Jerusalem, Bab al-Yemen embraces its original incarnation—market, playground and meeting place."