Shazia voice over voice

“Everywhere where there is an interaction between a place, a time and an expenditure of energy, there is rhythm.”
Henri Lefebvre, ‘Rhythmanalysis: Space, Time and Everyday Life’ (1992)

Voice-Over-Voice- is the debut solo exhibition by Shazia Salam and marks the culmination of her journey on the Critical Practice Programme 2022.

Shazia attempts to keep time with the rhythms of capitalist labour. She does so by entering the workspace of a particular professional sector in the region; voice-over artists. Holding a cultural position in the audio landscape of the UAE, their voices recall familiar transmissions; either through automated messages at the end of telephone lines, polite instructions in metro stations or emphatic displays in radio commercials. Shazia delves into the rituals, processes and procedures of the voice at work.

The exhibition presents three exercises developed with voice actors during the Critical Practice Programme. The exercises engage with technological and bodily tempos such as repetition, synchronicity and lag, questioning the sort of calibration we are searching for in capitalist labour.

The programme was carefully constructed and built around Shazia’s practice and areas of research. She was mentored by the curator and research Sabih Ahmed and acclaimed artist Taus Makhacheva.


Gallery Hours

18 January - 21 February 2023

Sunday – Thursday, 10 am – 10 pm;

Friday 9 am – 12 pm


Exhibition-related activities

- Artist-led Guided Tour | Working Collaboratively

Sunday 22 January, 11 am – 12 pm, 12 – 1 pm

Sunday 5 February, 11 am – 12 pm, 12 – 1 pm

- Artist Talk | Performance Lecture

Wednesday 15 February, 7 - 8:30 pm

About Shazia Salam

Shazia Salam is a multidisciplinary artist currently working in Dubai. After completing her B.Arch at Manipal Institute of Technology, Karnataka (2015), she received her Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Arts at the University of the Arts London (2018). While living in London, she exhibited her work around the city as part of the collective, 5in5. In 2019 she was one of the residents at Dharti Residency in Delhi, after which she exhibited her work at the Serendipity Arts Festival in Goa. Later th...

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