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Larissa Sansour and Søren Lind As If No Misfortune Had Occurred In The Night 2022 Installation view at FACT Image by Rob Battersby WEB RES 6
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Let the Song Hold Us

An exhibition of new immersive artworks that explore how music and song bring together the family and collective histories we inherit. Featuring Korakrit Arunanondchai & Alex Gvojic, Zinzi Minott, Tessa Norton, Larissa Sansour & Søren Lind, Ebun Sodipo and Rae-Yen Song.

FACT, 88 Wood Street, Liverpool, L1 4DQ
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Part of the Radical Ancestry season

​From lullabies to the music of mourning, our lives are mapped by the songs we sing and the stories they tell. Whether collective choruses or intimate melodies, they have the power to develop and redefine our sense of belonging. Songs can feel deeply personal, but also remind us that we are part of something bigger. New generations remix these stories, and in doing so celebrate both the past and the future.

Let the Song Hold Us is a collection of new immersive artworks that reach between generations, and across geographic boundaries. The artists experiment with storytelling to consider how we might shape our own identities from the memories of those we have lost. Centred around song and music as a way to communicate ideas of family, hope, and belonging, the works reimagine the ways we create and share; what we inherit, and what we pass on. They represent both the daily rituals of our lives and the moments when we yearn for a deeper understanding of who we are.

Featuring works by internationally renowned artist Korakrit Arunanondchai (USA/Thailand) and new commissions by UK-based Zinzi Minott, Tessa Norton, Larissa Sansour with Søren Lind, Ebun Sodipo, and Rae-Yen Song.

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Discover Let The Song Hold Us online through our virtual tour below.

"Grief and the rituals of loss are explored in a collection of immersive works that includes two world-class new videos." ★★★★

The i

"The show asks us to put aside for a moment all those songs we carry inside us – all the ideas we have about our identity and history – to consider someone else’s experience." ★★★★

The Guardian

Works in the exhibition include Songs for living (2021) by Korakrit Arunanondchai and Alex Gvojic, a new large-scale video installation that responds to a desire to heal the mind and body, and reconnect to life. Made by Arunanondchai following the death of his grandfather, this cinematic collage of visual languages and musical styles weaves together stories of grief, transformation and spiritual power. Filmed mid-pandemic, mostly in a relatively abandoned New York, Arunanondchai’s abstract, ever-shifting montage explores possible ways to rebuild. Following its premiere at Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst (Zurich, Switzerland) in late 2021, FACT will exhibit this work for the first time in the UK.

Larissa Sansour and Søren Lind present a new triptych video installation of an Arabic-language opera that brings together Palestinian and European classical music traditions. Commissioned by FACT, As If No Misfortune Had Occurred in the Night (2022) considers the genetic inheritance of political trauma through multiple generations of families. Performed as a single aria, the film depicts a mother as she addresses her unborn child, revealing her fears that her past traumas have already shaped the child’s future.

Ebun Sodipo exhibits a new interactive artwork created in collaboration with young LGBTQ+ people from Liverpool and across the UK. Taking the form of a series of constellations, Following the Gourd (2022) is named after an African-American folk song that helped people to journey from the enslaved southern states of America to the “free” north. Visitors to the gallery journey through the stars to discover digital artefacts, contributed by Sodipo and her collaborators, forming a collective archive of trans experience.

The exhibition presents a new installation of objects and drawings, animated using sound and augmented reality, by Glasgow-based artist Rae-Yen Song. Song creates a distinctive and singular visual language by reclaiming and reimagining ancestral mythologies, family rituals and inherited memories. Artist and dancer Zinzi Minott premieres the next iteration of her annual series, Fi Dem, which explores the histories of the Windrush Generation and experiences of Blackness, migration and living in the diaspora. In this new work, Minott specifically looks at Liverpool’s Windrush stories, focusing on the Caribbean community. The exhibition also debuts a new commission by artist Tessa Norton who was awarded the Jerwood Arts x FACT Fellowship in 2020. Developed during her artist residency at FACT, Norton presents Dark Circles (2022), a new multimedia installation exploring the ambiguity of Anglo-Indian identity, which was a product of Empire, yet marginalised within it. Norton traces its contrasts and contradictions through the glamorous performances and fluid, ambiguous ethnicity of three Anglo-Indian actresses spanning the 'Golden Age' of musical cinema to classic Hollywood.

Please be aware that two of the works in this exhibition include themes and imagery which some might find upsetting or distressing. These include images and references to war, death, fire and destruction.

Header image: Korakrit Arunanondchai & Alex Gvojic, Songs for living (2021). Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography, Zürich. Courtesy of the artists, Bangkok CityCity Gallery, Bangkok, Carlos/Ishikawa, London, C L E A R I N G New York/Brussels, Kukje Gallery, South Korea.

Let the Song Hold Us is part of Radical Ancestry, our current programme which looks at how our sense of belonging is shaped by the histories, geographies, biology and culture we inherit. Through a series of exhibitions, projects, artist residencies and events, the programme aims to question how technology can help us to explore a new way of thinking and experimenting with who we are.

Songs for living (2021)

In Songs for living, the ghosts of our ancestors reconnect with life in a desire to heal following personal loss and ecological upheaval. Artist Korakrit Arunanondchai collaborates with cinematographer Alex Gvojic to create a collage of visual languages and musical styles which weave together stories of grief, transformation, and spiritual power.

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Events, Performance

Let the Song Hold Us Opening

FACT

Join us to celebrate the opening of a brand new exhibition, Let the Song Hold Us. With free drinks, a first look at the exhibition and a performative activation of Ebun Sodipo’s newly commissioned artwork.

Zinzi Minott Fi Dem V 2022 Installation view at FACT Image by Rob Battersby WEB RES61

Talk

Artist Talk + Q&A with Zinzi Minott

FACT

Join exhibiting artist Zinzi Minott in conversation with Maitreyi Maheshwari, Head of Programme at FACT, as they unpack Zinzi’s practice and the most recent iteration of her Fi Dem series, commissioned as part of exhibition Let the Song Hold Us.

Do Something Saturdays

Workshop, Families

Do Something Saturdays

FACT

Bring your family along to Do Something Saturdays and kickstart your weekend with free and fun activities inspired by our current exhibition.

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