Our Malawi

No Words Needed

Between February – April 2019 we traveled through Malawi, using only public transport, meeting new people and experiencing the country.

On August 24th, 18:00 – 23:00 we exhibited @ The Bright Rooms, in Peckham Levels, Peckham, South-East London.

This project is a recollection of these travels, encapsulating in it our own unique perspective of the country, through our own eyes and experiences.
The exhibition explored notions of space and place through a multi-disciplinary medium, trying to create the context for the images with audio-visual sentiments, chronicling our travels through Malawi.
Our travels were informed by people and places, emotional and physical, art and life.

As you walked through the exhibition, you were reliving our journey in Malawi, our experiences and adventures.

The exhibition consisted of 3 sections;

+ The interactive photographs: 10 photographs of the unique people we’ve met during the journey, with environmental sound interaction, adding discrete layers of meaning while looking and engaging with the hung images and the space in front of them.

+ Esime; Pieces: Interactive soundscape installation. Esime was the mother of the house and one of our most beloved and memorable hosts during our trip. The installation tries to create a displacement in the way the original image was shot. The sound interaction used only one recorded sample, of Esime pounding cassava flour. The sound interaction mainly used granular synthesis, in order to complement and extend the visual interplay. The image had one “perfect point-of-view”, which was calculated and hung accordingly. When standing in the “perfect spot”, the sound simply played through.

+ Our Malawi Slideshow: a recollection mimicking a slideshow projector living room environment, where the viewers are invited to sit in “our collected memories’ living room” and watch our journey. The slides were custom fitted with slideshow projector sound samples, in order to increase the feeling of old memories, and the reliving of our experiences in Malawi.

Amoss, one of our hosts, passed away in a fishing accident while this project was in progress.
He left a wife and three young children behind.
This exhibition is dedicated to him.

The photographs were all taken with a Hasselblad CM-500 and Canon AE-1.
All the photographs were shot, developed and printed by Noam Friedman.

The sounds were all recorded with a Zoom H-6 and Soundman Binaural microphone, edited and mixed by Guy Fleisher.

Special thanks to Amit Segall for his generosity and kind assistance in the project.