As Far As My Fingertips Take Me is an encounter through a gallery wall between an audience member and a refugee. Their fingertips touch without seeing each other. The refugee will mark the audience. The audience will listen to those who have recently challenged border discrimination. Those stories can be kept or washed away.
Creator, Tania El Khoury commissioned musician and street artist Basel Zaraa who was born a Palestinian refugee in Syria to record a song inspired by the journey his sisters made from Damascus to Sweden. Through touch and sound, this intimate encounter explores empathy and whether we need to literally “feel” a refugee in order to understand the effect of border discrimination on peoples’ lives.
Where: Crawford Art Gallery, Cork City
When: 14 & 15 June, 11.30am - 4.30pm; 16 June, 11am - 3.45pm
Commissioned by "On The Move" LIFT 2016 in partnership with Royal Court Theatre, London. Supported in Ireland by British Council.
“His tale doesn’t just touch me in a fleeting way – as the many stories and images reported in the newspapers do – it goes further. It marks me.” The Guardian
“The intimacy and power of the story persisted over the next few days.” The New York Times
“Both a touching illustrative delicacy and an appeal to the conscience that is impossible to turn away from.” The Washington Post