On Thursday 15 November, the University Art Collection and the AHRC 'Narratives and Representations of the French Settlers of Algeria' project were delighted to welcome artists Dr Gameli Tordzro and Naa Densua Tordzro from the Noyam Institute for African Dance and the Haa Orchestra, with Professor Alison Phipps, UNESCO Chair: Refugee integration through languages and the arts (University of Glasgow).
Through voice, poetry, research, music, percussion, and storytelling, the Autumn Art Lecture drifted, floated, drowned, and danced in its ‘reflection on refuge from a calabash’.
Intercepting, harmonising, and protesting Alison’s words, Gameli and Naa Densua Tordzro transformed the lecture into a dynamic and collaborative performance. The lecture was introduced by the project's lead investigator, Dr Fiona Barclay. You can listen to an audio recording of the performance and follow with the lecture slides below.