Kahzrik underwent eye surgery at the beginning of this year. The surgery almost cost her her vision. Through critical study of her personal medical history, she will explore urgent epistemological and techno-political questions around the quiddity of knowledge, darkness and vision in light of the proliferation of anthropogenic medical phenomena as well as the renouncement and revival of indigenous medical knowledge. In conversation with members of her grandmother’s community in Al-Qosh Iraq, who work in the fields of translation, medicine, ‘magic’ and music, Kahzrik will probe the multi-fold convergences of science and ‘magic’ within trans-millennial practices. Critically reconstructing the path of these convergences across Asia, North Africa and Europe, she also calls into question the historical canons of Western medicine, pharmacology and philosophy.
Jessika Khazrik (1991) is based in Beirut and Berlin. She is an artist-composer, technologist and educator.