ŠAMAŠ – Touring Presentation of Zad Moultaka Installation
ŠamaŠ is the latest work of the Lebanese composer and artist Zad Moultaka. It represented Lebanon at the 2017 Venice Biennale at which it received more than 54,000 visitors.
Inspired by and draws upon the paradox of the recent history of the East and West as a zone of conflict set against its ancient history as the source of so much of what we regard as civilisation. It comprises a wall made up of black panels to which a mosaic is a attached, formed from 150,000 Lebanese coins, recalling an aerial view of a bombed city; a 6 meter high Rolls Royce Mk 209 military jet engine from the 1950s, mounted vertically on end in the space; 44 loudspeakers, over which a composition by Moultaka is played. The composition, ŠamaŠ Itima, is a choral work for 32 voices mixed with electro-acoustic elements.
Bringing this significant contemporary artwork to Suomenlinna will add new dimensions to the centennial of the Finnish Civil War in year 2018. In the aftermath of the war, approximately 8,000 persons were held in the prison camps of Suomenlinna.
Duration of the performance 11 minutes.