Derrière la mer

Sound installation
In the context of the exhibition Sound without music
Casino Luxemburg – Forum pour l’Art Contemporain, Luxembourg

Derrière la mer is a sound installation by the artist Anna Raimondo, result of research that sees the texts of the Bible and the Koran meet on a common ground: the sea. The sound piece interweaves voices that compare different cultures, languages and geographies, suggesting how the two sacred texts have numerous shared references traceable in the vastness of the sea. Indeed, the sea becomes the lowest common denominator, synonymous with cultural contact and mutual reflection. Invited to imagine and move between different idioms, the listener is called upon to take the time to traverse the piece, in an intimate encounter with the sound that simultaneously embraces the sacred and the profane, beliefs and visions that belong to human beings regardless of any creed. Like a contemporary opera, Derrière la mer is installed in a half-blue painted room that cuts through the space and is accompanied by a 'booklet' available in both a printed version and a video projection. Performed by Edyta Jerząb and Jérôme Porsperger, written and composed by Anna Raimondo, the work can be listened to in the mere flow of its words, which recall both a historical geography and a geographical history – the Mediterranean —recognized in the beauty of an encounter.
Derrière la mer is presented at Casino Luxemburg – Forum pour l’Art Contemporain as part of the exhibition Sound without music (30.09 - 27.11.2022) curated by Anastasia Chaguidouline, who invited OTO SOUND MUSEUM to contribute with a curatorial intervention.

The sound installation is curated by Zaira Oram [Francesca Ceccherini, Eleonora Stassi]


Anna Raimondo (born in Italy in 1981, she lives in Brussels and works internationally) Raimondo uses voice and listening as a platform for encounter, collaboration and exchange, as tools for the diffraction of identity. Questioning the limits between private and public, between genders and their connotations, she activates or deconstructs cultural practices to encourage and reveal the inherent potentials of fluidity in identity. She completed an MA in Sound Arts at the London College of Communication (UAL, London, UK) and runs a practice-based Phd between Arba (Royale Académie de Beaux Arts) and ULB University in Brussels (BE) “New genders of listening: voices, silences, bodies and territories”. She has participated in several international solo and collective exhibitions.

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