Darfur House Installation
To raise awareness of Africa 2005 and Refugee Week, iceandfire worked with four members of the Massalit tribe from Darfur in Western Sudan and the V&A Museum of Childhood, to create an interactive exhibit on ‘Home’. In the grounds of the Museum in Bethnal Green, East London, the men built a replica of the home in which they had lived in Darfur.
A traditional Darfur house consists of a wooden frame coated with mud and dung and a thatched straw roof. An ostrich egg is sometimes added to the peak of the roof for good luck (ours fell off!).
Permanent within the structures was a sound installation on the theme of ‘Home’: an amalgamation of voice and music. The voices recorded were those of local primary school children discussing what home meant to them. iceandfire also staged free performances about a day in the life of Sudanese twins, Hamza and Halima by Sharif Barko and Sonja Linden.