Unnarrated is an installation by the ElZi Collective which uses fragmented moving image, reflection and performance to dismantle western notions of knowing in relation to feminine spirituality in North Africa. Unnarrated explores oral histories and notions deconstructing what is beyond language and communication within the context of North African cultures.
For this exhibition, ElZi Collective researched spirituality and mysticism in relation to the influence of Islam in North Africa, particularly feminine spirituality. These practices or, some times even rituals, represent a strand of knowledge that has not been authentically docu mented in history books yet rather passed on orally through generations, which, at times, destabilised the continuity of the narrative.
The artists are particularly interested in the notion of ‘external inaccessibility of knowledge’, an inaccessibility that has not been defined by the Western template of knowledge, one that was shaped through post-colonial, collec tive social knowledge. This artistic interest subsequently scrutinises the diasporic approach to understanding one’s identity while preserving cultural continuum.
Exposing the different layers of collective knowledge and its authentic interpretations, Unnarrated aims to widen the understanding/perceptions of communication beyond Western ideologies. while also initiating the space of redefining religion through studying its social performance and perceptions within the North African context.