Title: Skype Call with Mom
Notes: short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BD1KVgV20Ig
Country: Syria/United Kingdom
It is a Syrian artist born in Damascus in 1985. Having completed a Masters in Visual Communication, she is now pursing her Doctorate research in Video Art and her project addresses the current Syrian conflict from a personal perspective. Hala has exhibited solo and collective exhibitions both within the UK and abroad. She has also published some of her creative writing, such as “Graphical Reality: Renovating Visual Figures” in 2011 and “Khas Jidan” a poetry book in 2010. Currently Hala is teaching Graphic Design and Video Art at UCA University for Creative Arts-Canterbury. Her recent creative focus has been on short films, one of which “From Rochester with love” was selected for the 10th Berlin International Directors Lounge and screened at the prestigious quartier21 museum at Vienna and recently “Damascene Moon” was selected for the first UK Poetry Film Festival 2014.
The artist lost connection with her home and family in Syria for long time. Therefore, she decided to record her mother’s voice first time she had a chance to speak with her. The sound of violence was louder than her mother’s voice and the call was interrupted and eventually disconnected. This video responds to the 53 seconds conversation over Skype to represent a small part of the daily suffer of the Syrian people.