Video by Alia Farid I 2019 I 19min
Video 4K, stereo sound, 16min
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Produce for her SB14 commission, At the Time of the Ebb (2019), she travelled a 100 nautical kilometres from the easternmost tip of the Arabian Peninsula to the Iranian island of Qeshm to film the annual celebration of Nowruz Sayadeen [in English, Fisherman’s New Year]. Such is the stage for Farid’s film essay, a melancholic meandering through the surviving festival traditions of an island seemingly cast out of time or, rather, living according to a rhythm very much its own, attuned to ancient seasonal cycles. The work foregrounds a number of local residents, whose performances draw attention to their customs, traditions, material surroundings and natural environment—from a brightly decorated domestic interior to an expansive sea view overlooking the Arabian Gulf.
By Sharjah Biennale