Dalia AlKury

Imagining Liberation in Palestine

Schous Plass 7A, 0552 Oslo

Doors open at 19:30; event starts at 20:00

To book your ticket, please go to Hoopla

Soup will be served.

A talk followed by a screening of the artist’s films Levitations (2024, 20 mins) and Congratulations on Your Return (2022, 6 mins). 

Dalia AlKury’s artistic research project Imagining Liberation (2024) investigates speculative nonfiction by asking the question: How might we cinematically visualise a liberated Palestine? Driven by a profound frustration at the lack of artworks that imagine the world she believes is possible, the Palestinian Norwegian filmmaker centres her practice around staging simulated pasts and hypothetical futures, approaching documentary filmmaking as a means of envisioning an alternative reality. The resulting works is informed by a long legacy of political yet poetic Palestinian aesthetics.

By setting her films in a fictional liberated Palestine, AlKury imbues her work with an emancipatory quality. Her process excavates oppressed rage and surfaces it using a variety of narrative tools. Through staging, subverting, futuring, abstracting and decolonizing, Imagining Liberation traces the filmmaker ́s confrontational journey to reach a form of catharsis in the face of a continuously fragmented diasporic existence.

This event is the second iteration of Rehearsing the Not Yet, a collaboration between choreographer Ingri Fiksdal, Marie Nerland’s curatorial project, Volt, and dancer and choreographer Louis Schou-Hansen. Rehearsing the Not Yet looks to explore alternative histories as a means of envisioning and creating room for diverse modes of physical practice by asking: ‘What could have happened?’ Intended to unfold over the course of several years, Rehearsing the Not Yet will comprise various components – including talks, seminars and reading groups – culminating in a performance to be held in public space and/or a gallery space.

Still from "What if a tree? What if a crow?" by Dalia AlKury. Generated by AI artist Rezan Ærdem

Dalia AlKury

Dalia AlKury is a filmmaker whose work navigates cross-genre storytelling. Her films explore the resilience and political unconscious of everyday heroes in the Arab world. She holds an MA from Goldsmiths, University of London, and is currently a PhD candidate at the Norwegian Film School, Oslo.

Thanks to CoFUTURES and Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay.

Rehearsing the Not Yet receives funding from Arts Council Norway.

Volt´s programme in 2024 has received funding from Arts Council Norway and the City of Bergen.

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