Based on the historical collection of fables "Kalila and Dimna", the writer Haytham El-Wardany reads his own previously unpublished texts and will elaborate together with the curator Nida Ghouse on the politics of speaking and listening.
Haytham El-Wardany is a writer (born in Cairo, Egypt) living in Berlin. His most recent work is "The Book of Sleep", published by Alkarma, Cairo 2017 and in 2013 he published "How to Disappear" in the Kayfa ta (How to) Arabic publishing initiative. The book focuses on the nature of listening and attempts to explore the potentialities of passive activities. He currently is interested in the legacy of ancient fables and speaking animals as political creatures.
Nida Ghouse is a writer and curator (born in Bombay) living in Berlin. Her recent essay, "The Whistle in the Voice", appeared in the publication accompanying Natascha Süder Happelmann’s presentation for the German Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale (2019). She co-curated "Parapolitics: Cultural Freedom and the Cold War" (2017), is co-editing the forthcoming publication (Sternberg Press, 2020), and is realizing an exhibition on an archaeology of sound in the framework of "The New Alphabet" (May 2020), all at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin.
The reading and talk will take place in English.