Ismail Bahri (b. 1978)
Resonances (2008)
From Resistance(s): Experimental Films from the Middle East and North Africa

Resonances starts with the prospecting of the bathroom from the artist’s childhood. Black inked words written in Arabic on the bathtub surface scatter and propagate progressively. They resonate and echo night scene recollections. Transformed in a resonance chamber, the bathtub mixes the fluids of these evanescent thoughts. By reflecting its surroundings, the ink blurred water surface, overturns and clouds the words. The backward surge of the night reveals the scars of a troubled universe, verging on obliteration.