An outdoor interactive artistic installation celebrating Somali culture featuring 360 audio and tapestry.
dhaqan collective invites guests to step inside the House of Weaving Songs, an outdoor sanctuary inspired by the Aqal, a nomadic Somali home.
Once inside, become enveloped by a series of beautiful woven tapestries that through touch ignite a sonic patchwork of stories and sounds of Somali women’s traditional weaving songs.
Offering the space as a shelter to reflect on the significance of Somali culture and our collective climate anxieties, dhaqan collective will also invite visitors to add their own voice, connecting the city to ancestral cultural practices that are endangered.
The sound installation is part of the Playable Cities programme happening across Bristol this July.
dhaqan collective is a Somali Feminist art collective led by Ayan Cilmi and Fozia Ismail. Their practice seeks to find ways of building imaginative futures that support Somali people in the UK and in East Africa to resist the threats over our cultural heritage.
The house is open on Friday 7th – Saturday 8th July between 12 pm – 6 pm and on Sunday 9th July between 12 pm – 4 pm.