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Lemi Ponifasio’s new work سدقلا Jerusalem is a collaboration with Adonis [born Ali Ahmad Sa’Id Esber] whose epic poem grapples with history, religion, politics and the fate of the Holy City of Peace.
The poem begins: Up there, up above. Look at her dangling from the sky’s throat. Look at her fenced with the eyelashes of angels. No one can walk toward her, but a man can crawl on his forehead and shoulders, perhaps even his navel. Barefoot, knock on her door. A prophet will open, and teach you how to march, and how to bow. In سدقلا Jerusalem, Lemi Ponifasio turns to the image of one of the most contentious cities in human history to create a concerto composed of disparate fragments, like Jerusalem herself, forever seeking wholeness and holiness.
‘As a child I imagined Jerusalem as a place in Heaven. Then I heard about the peace process and unending conflict over a coveted living ruin on Earth. Monument, allegory, myth, the return of Paradise… the oneness of God, the oneness of truth, the oneness of humanity? Within ourselves, our own Jerusalem.’ – Lemi Ponifasio
JERUSALEM, IMAGE COURTESY OF MAU
21 - 23 NOV 2019
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