16th Venice Architecture Biennale
Biennale Architettura de Venizia

A Future Collective (Sadia Shirazi, Mezna Qato)
Bahrain Pavilion, Arsenale Artigliere
Curated by Noura Al Sayeh and Nora Akawi

May 26 - November 25, 2018

*Friday, November 23, 2018* 
Enactment of 3 Scores & The People's Mic Khutba 

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3 Scores & The People's Mic Khutba is a book of scores that includes a Friday khutba. It responds to social life under conditions of siege, imprisonment, disappearance, deportation and surveillance of friends, families, lovers and strangers.

Bodies standing, sitting, kneeling, suspended, stripped and strapped down, at rest and restless, side by side and in solitary, in moments of debility and disability are this work's conditions of possibility. These scores are animated by the sounds of prayer, chants, recitations, cries, and hands striking flesh but also by whispers and silences that give way to breath and breathlessness. We score a manual for the already there, and imagine how we might gather and speak aloud and together.

3 Scores & The People’s Mic Khutba draws from institutional and personal archives of prayer books and religious manuals that are written, transliterated and translated in English, Urdu and Arabic. 

This iteration of the book, supported by the Bahrain Pavilion, includes English, Italian, Arabic, and Urdu translations and transliterations.