Visiting the ghost of Mrs. Swissa (part I) — Dan Allon / an exhibition during Sound Development City in Madrid (Spain), September 2016, Nadie Nunca Nada No!

 

Description text by: Nicholas (Nik) Schärer


Dan Allon's father grew up in Morocco, being a descendant of a Spanish family. For "Visiting the Ghosts of Mrs. Swissa (Part 1)", Dan Allon mixes images from his father's family album, and images of dictatorship from the two countries. Inspired by black and white photos, the drawings blend into one scenario, revealing an intimate look into the family life under a fictional dictatorship regime. During the show other artists conducted performance pieces: Bernadette La Hengst, Chris Wood & Vincent Charlebois. 

READ MORE ABOUT THE PROJECT HERE

 

 

Photos: Jonay PMatos

Projects directors: Martin Heller, Duscha Kistler 

Thanks to: Andalus, Cristina Anglada, Ana Martínez Fernández, Juan Gomez Aleman, Anna Katharina Tahler

 

 

 

Part of the series has been exhibited at Fresh Paint 9 Air Fair in Tel Aviv (March 2017). Curators: Yifat Gurion & Raz Feinberg Shapira. Photo: Noga Shadmi Van De Reep. Thanks to: Maya Shval. 

Visiting the ghost of Mrs. Swissa (part II) — Dan Allon / an exhibition during Sound Development City in Casablanca (Morocco), September 2016, Hôtel Central

 

Dan Allon's father grew up in Morocco, being a descendant of a Spanish family. For "Visiting the Ghosts of Mrs. Swissa (Part 2)", Dan Allon mixes images from his father's family album, and images of dictatorship from the two countries. Inspired by black and white photos, the drawings blend into one scenario, revealing an intimate look into the family life under a fictional dictatorship regime. 

This part of the project emphasized the performative aspects of the story. Allon created an imaginary scenario at the hotel room, having guests, one by one, for tea and music, while the drawings were a part of the surrounding.  He was quite & strict, almost the opposite to what is perceived to be  "typical Moroccan hospitality". 

Interview to Hagit Peleg Rotem (HEBREW): Here 

Interview to Duscha Kistler (ENGLISH): Here 

Photos: Zakaria Ait Wakrim 

Projects directors: Martin Heller, Duscha Kistler 

Thanks to: Andalus, Imane Barakat, Sofiane Benkhassala, Anna Katharina Tahler

A part of the project was featured in HUMDRUM#2 - GANG, graphic stories by Humdrum Collective, 2017.

To read an interview about the book in Hebrew - PRESS HERE

Photos of the book by: Adi Levy