Reading lists, conversations, and other texts
Lydia Ourahmane's reading list
In preparation for her Wattis exhibition, Lydia Ourahmane consulted a wide range of books, essays, and articles. In this selection of texts chosen to accompany Solar Cry, Ourahmane shares a grouping of sources, touchstones, and essays that run parallel to the themes of her exhibition. They illuminate topics that span haptics, acoustics, prehistory, and the experience of the sacred.

(1) Anne Carson, "The Gender of Sound" from Glass, Irony and God (New Directions Books, New York: 1992).

(2) E. J. Hobsbawm, Primitive Rebels: Studies in Archaic Forms of Social Movement in the 19th and 20th Centuries (The University Press, Manchester: 1959).

(3) Georges Bataille, Visions Of Excess: Selected Writings, 1927-1939 (University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis: 1985).

(4) Henri Lhote, trans. Alan Houghton Brodrick, The Search for the Tassili Frescoes: The Story of the Prehistoric Rock Paintings of the Sahara, (Hutchinson & Co., London; 1959).

(5) Hyptia Vourloumis, "Ten Theses on Touch, or, Writing Touch," Women & Performance. Published February 2, 2015. Accessed on February 5, 2020.

(6) Wu Tsang & Fred Moten, Who Touched Me (If I Can't Dance, I Don't Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution, 2016).

(7) Audre Lorde, "The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action", (Paper delivered at the Modern Language Association’s “Lesbian and Literature Panel,” Chicago, Illinois, 1977. First published in Sinister Wisdom 6 (1978) and The Cancer Journals (Spinsters, Ink, San Francisco , 1980)).

(8) Simone Weil, Waiting on God (G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York, 1951).

(9) Scott G. Bruce, Silence and Sign Language in Medieval Monasticism. The Cluniac Tradition c.900-1200 (Cambridge University Press, New York, 2007).

(10) Mircea Eliade, The Myth of the Eternal Return (Princeton University Press (1955).


Lydia Ourahmane's solo exhibition is on view from February 6 – March 28, 2020. Click here for images and more information.