Her Voice, 2015
Performance staged for video
Medium: Wooden object (made out of the wooden stick and wooden bowl), my hair.
Making a handmade object to play with my own hair is to make a sound, sound art and experimental music that are engaged with gender and feminism. I use my own hair to ‘give voice’ to the experience and culture framing of Kurdish women. The object is made out of everyday life objects which are more related to the work of women in our society such as (Tirok); the wooden stick which is used for making Kurdish bread, and a bowl. In addition, the shape of both pieces is a metaphor for sexual issues like phallus and cunt which also refer to the architectural aspect of the mosque. This performance (Her voice) is divided into two aspects, firstly an experimental sound-making and it is a protest against the patriarchy, depression and devaluing in Iraq. Secondly the function of the object, I use this bowl for echo and I put a single strand of my hair to make sound with my fingers but by the time the hair would be cut because of my finger and I will put another strand without taking it out from my head to continue my performance.