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Near Now, Broadway’s studio for arts, design and innovation, is proud to present this recently made short film by artist Adham Faramawy, produced with support from our Near Now Fellowship and Arts Council England.

Premiered as part of Serpentine Galleries’ art & ecology festival and made during the Covid-19 pandemic, ‘The air is subtle, various and sweet’ has been a way for Faramawy to think about the artist’s relationship with their father who passed away this summer. The film explores their relationships with ideas of the land, plant taxonomy (whether a body is understood as native, whether this means it’s desirable), ideas of roots/heritage, in both Faramawy’s home in Newham east London and his father’s in Toukh, a town north of Cairo in Egypt.


Translation and Research Support: Basma Faramawy

Performance: Tyler Deyn and Joseph Funnell

Production Assistance: Alyah Nurya Bint Ahmed Hatta

Sound Mastering: Steve Wyatt

Supported by Broadway’s Near Now Fellowship using public funding by Arts Council England. Premiered by Serpentine Galleries at The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish: The Understory of the Understory, a two day art & ecology festival on soil, earth, land and ground, 5-6 December, 2020. 

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