The air is subtle, various and sweet

A new short film by Adham Faramawy supported by the Near Now Fellowship

Posted on 22nd January 2021

Written by Near Now

We are proud to share a new short film by artist Adham Faramawy, produced with support from the Near Now Fellowship.

You can now watch 'The air is subtle, various and sweet' (2020) online via Serpentine Galleries.

The air is subtle, various and sweet

Video, 35 minutes, Adham Faramawy, 2020

Premiered as part of Serpentine Galleries’ art & ecology festival and made during the COVID-19 pandemic, ‘The air is subtle, various and sweet’ has been a way for Faramawy to think about the artist’s relationship with their father who passed away this summer. The film explores their relationships with ideas of the land, plant taxonomy (whether a body is understood as native, whether this means it’s desirable), ideas of roots/heritage, in both Faramawy’s home in Newham east London and his father’s in Toukh, a town north of Cairo in Egypt.

Still from The air is subtle, various and sweet (2020) by Adham Faramawy

Still from The air is subtle, various and sweet (2020) by Adham Faramawy

Credits

The air is subtle, various and sweet (2020) by Adham Faramawy

Translation and Research Support: Basma Faramawy

Performance: Tyler Deyn and Joseph Funnell

Production Assistance: Alyah Nurya Bint Ahmed Hatta

Sound Mastering: Steve Wyatt

Premiered by Serpentine Galleries at The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish: The Understory of the Understory, a two day art & ecology festival on soil, earth, land and ground, 5-6 December, 2020.

About the artist

Adham Faramawy is an artist based in London. Their work spans media including moving image, sculptural installation and print, engaging and using technology to discuss issues of materiality, touch, the mediation of images and (toxic) embodiment to question ideas of the natural in relation to marginalised communities.

adhamfaramawy.com

Author

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