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Join Light Work’s Urban Video Project for Political Listening: The Forensic Turn in Art and Architecture feat. filmmaker Ana Naomi de Sousa on Friday, March, 27, 2020 in Slocum Hall Auditorium (214 Slocum) on the Syracuse University campus.


In this screening and talk, filmmaker Ana Naomi de Sousa will discuss her experience as a research fellow with Forensic Architecture working on the Saydnaya project, which used “ear-witness” testimony of survivors of Syria’s infamous Saydnaya prison to reconstruct its architecture.


Only a blurry satellite image of the prison exists and few prisoners survive. Those who do describe a “regime of silence,” under which prisoners are not allowed to speak or scream when tortured and become highly attuned to even the subtlest sounds, amplified or attenuated by the building’s unusual acoustics.


The lecture will be accompanied by screenings, including excerpts from Saydnaya (2016) and Lawrence Abu Hamdan’s Walled Unwalled (2018).


A reception with light refreshments will follow.


This event is FREE & OPEN to the public.


This event is held in conjunction with the exhibition Lawerence Abu Hamdan: Walled Unwalled, which Light Work UVP will project on the Everson Museum facade Februrary 13 – March 28, 2020 every Thursday through Saturday from dusk to 11pm.

Walled Unwalled – Trailer from Lawrence Abu Hamdan on Vimeo.


About the Guest Speaker

Ana Naomi de Sousa is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and writer whose work addresses history, spatial politics and identity. Her documentaries include The Architecture of Violence (2013), Angola – Birth of a Movement (2012), and Hacking Madrid (2015). As a collaborator with Forensic Architecture, she was the filmmaker on the 2016 Saydnaya project. She has written for The Funambulist, The Guardian and Al Jazeera English, among others. Her latest short, about a rainforest conservation project led by women in Ecuador, aired on Al Jazeera English in February 2020 as part of the Women Make Science series.


CART services will be provided for the talk. To make accommodation requests or ask questions about facilities, please contact or 315-443-1369.



This event is co-presented with the Syracuse University School of Architecture, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and College of Visual and Performing Arts Department of Transmedia.

It was made possible through the generous support of the Syracuse University Humanities Center as part of the official program for Syracuse Symposium 2019-20: Silence.

Screening + Talk:
Political Listening:
The Forensic Turn in Art & Architecture
(feat. Ana Naomi de Sousa)

  • Dates:
    Friday, March 27, 2020
  • Times:
  • Location:
    Slocum Hall Auditorium
    Syracuse University Campus
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