If I Could Get To You
Amaal Said's If I Could Get to You is an audio-visual work that uses interviews, film and photography to explore the process of knowing our personal histories and documenting our experience of them.
Audiences were invited to peer through the windows at Enter Gallery by night, to experience projected visual collages, and a series of soundscapes accessible via QR code.
The work seeks to address the distances between people and places and speaks to the idea of not being close enough to the histories we’re told. Centring on memory, what kinds of stories are told, and how those stories are passed down, it’s about what keeps us connected to family with entire lives abroad, and knowing them only through fragments.
Through projection, the ghost-like figures in the family archive gain a physical presence, and the sounds of notes, diaries, recipes, and voice memos collide to turn fragments into something whole again.
Interview with Amaal Said
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If I Could Get To You has been produced by Lighthouse and commissioned through Digital Democracies, a two-year programme led by Threshold Studios and supported by Arts Council England.
Digital Democracies connects three UK-based commissioning festivals, Frequency International Festival of Digital Culture (produced by Threshold Studios), Freedom Festival (produced by Freedom Festival Arts Trust) and Brighton Digital Festival (directed by Lighthouse).
This work is also supported by our Exhibition Partner, Enter Gallery.