Al Maqamat Al Sabi 'المقامات † السبع † The 7 Pillars  

Ahmad Hijazi

Cartographies of affect - in the queer and now

Anna Wyszomierska

Al Maqamat Al Sabi' المقامات†السبع†The 7Pillars

In his visual dance theater piece “Al Maqamat Al Sabi' المقامات†السبع†The 7Pillars” inspired by the mystical belief in the 7 Maqamat – Ahmad took the viewer through the various stages of development a soul must go through in search of ultimate enlightenment.

These maqamat are twisted into a strange exploration of one's own experiences that unleash the repressed childhood memories of cyclomorphosis.

Childhood memories of cyclomorphoses, the in and out of past and present traumas in the diaspora, to connect the pieces of the in-between. It is a life's journey of questioning self-exile, broken identities, self-orientalism, the decolonization of queerness and language.

In order to attain a higher maqaam, one must continue to master the maqaam below and not allow oneself to be deprived of it.

“The soul in search of ultimate enlightenment – ​​Maqamat are twisted into a strange exploration of one's own experiences that unlock the repressed childhood memories of cyclomorphosis.”

Cartographies of affect - in the queer and now

A 10-day festival attended by more than 40 artists, tracing narratives of queer history and (contemporary) resistance with the aim of creating transnational solidarity. The aim of the festival was to collect experiences and practices from different cultures living in Berlin and the “Global South”, while introducing the idea of ​​intersectionality and showing how different forms of identification create synergies.