TO SAY NOTHING NOW IS THE TIME

Now Is The Time To Say Nothing is an interactive video installation exploring the role of screens in observing global conflict.
It is a provocation against armchair passivity.

Through rare on the ground footage it follows the real story of Syrian artist Reem Karssli as she captures her daily
experience of being housebound during the early years of the Syrian conflict. We see what emerges when she is
contacted by a group of teenagers from the UK who want to see beyond the footage they’ve watched on their TVs.
Together they co-author an experience which attempts to connect a UK audience to
the human story behind the news.

Created over four years, following Reem into an exile which forced her to leave her camera behind,
Now Is The Time To Say Nothing is an intimate exploration of what it means to stay connected to each other
and of what happens when war and the need for survival gets in the way.

“It’s an act as instinctive and multi-layered as a hug.
It’s full of conflict, full of genuinely unanswerable questions,
full of love.." — Tim X Atack

'The war in Syria is just a fact and it's happening but we are lucky enough to be alive.
I am lucky enough to be alive.' Reem Karssli, Damascus 2015

TOURING Victoria and Albert Museum
21st-23rd June 2019

Galway International Festival
22nd-28th July 2019

Battersea Arts Centre
October 2019

Now Is The Time To Say Nothing is available for touring.
For production trailer and further information please contact Kate Yedigaroff
at MAYK on kate@mayk.org.uk or 0117 925 9999
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A collaboration between Syrian filmmaker Reem Karssli, young Londoners and award winning artist Caroline Williams.
Originally produced by Young Vic’s Taking Part. Some footage from Reem Karssli's film Every Day, Every Day (Passport Productions).

Lead artists: Caroline Williams and Reem Karssli
Sound Artists: Keir Vine and Tom Parkinson
Video Artists: May Abdalla and Christina Hardinge
Associate Sound Design: Lewis Gibson
Production Manager: Andrew Crofts
Technical Manager: Nick Allsopp
Produced by MAYK

Young Vic young people:
Yiga Cowie, Denneil Dunbar, Femi Fuwad Adenola, Sohaila Ferrier, Edward Garlick,
Riona Millar, Ernesto Reyes Fox, Monty Taylor and Alice Tyrrell.
“A very special show"— Lyn Gardner