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 onflict. 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
Victoria and Albert Museum
21st-23rd June 2019
Galway International Festival
22nd-28th July 2019
Battersea Arts Centre
Now Is The Time To Say Nothing is available
for touring. For production trailer and further information
please contact Kate Yedigaroff at MAYK on
firstname.lastname@example.org 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