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Tarek Atoui: Waters’ WitnessWe are delighted to invite you to the media preview of Tarek Atoui: Waters’ Witness from 10am – 12pm on Thursday 14 September, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA Australia).

Tarek Atoui (born 1980, Beirut) is an artist and composer. His work Waters’ Witness is an ongoing project dedicated to capturing the distinctive sounds of port cities, from Athens to Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Beirut, Porto, Istanbul and now Sydney. It encompasses a composition of tangible and intangible forms – an installation, performances, publications and an archive of sounds – that continually evolve as each new harbour is added.

The MCA Australia presentation will exhibit three newly commissioned sculptures inspired by Sydney Harbour and Port Botany, where Atoui recorded sounds with his collaborator Éric La Casa in March 2023. These new sculptures are embedded with Sydney sandstone as part of a sonic landscape installed in the Macgregor Gallery.

Waters’ Witness is accompanied by an opening weekend of live performances by Atoui and a series of guest performances throughout the exhibition.

Curator: Anna Davis

Tarek Atoui: Waters’ Witness opens on 15 September 2023 and will be on view until 4 February 2024, in the Macgregor Gallery, Level 1, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.

Tarek Atoui: Waters’ Witness

Thursday 14 September 2023
10am – 12pm

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
140 George Street
The Rocks

E: Charlotte.Greig@mca.com.au
M: 0404 111 919

10.00am – Arrive via George Street entry and proceed to Ambassador Lounge, Level 2

10.05am – Exhibition introduction with Suzanne Cotter, Director MCA Australia and Anna Davis, Curator

10.15am – Exhibition walk-through and an opportunity to meet artist Tarek Atoui

12.00pm – Preview concludes