Featured Project – 1001 Nights in Fairfield
Fairfield, Sydney, is semi-affectionately referred to as “Little Baghdad” because of its large Iraqi population. 1001 Nights in Fairfield / الف ليلة وليلة في فيرفيلد draws on the similarly titled, enormously popular collection of traditional Middle Eastern tales, bound together by the framing device of Scheherazade’s struggle to prolong her life by entertaining the King with a series of stories. Determined to survive the king’s threat to kill her the morning after their wedding Scheherazade and her sister collude in telling a series of cliffhangers that gradually entice the King to let her live to complete the tale. Much translated, mistranslated and adapted the cycle of stories have Baghdad as their centre and present a complex way of exploring the connections between Iraq and its exiles. 1001 Nights in Fairfield / الف ليلة وليلة في فيرفيلد combines well known stories from the book with real life stories from members of the Choir of Love, a choir established in Fairfield by to assist in the self organisation and cultural survival of recently arrived refugees from Iraq.