Sote & Tarik Barri
In their new collaboration, developed during the pandemic isolation of 2020 and 2021, Sote and Tarik Barri (known for his collaborations with musicians like Monolake, Thom Yorke, Paul Jebanasam, and Nicolas Jaar) create mesmerizing audio-visual worlds that, despite their high level of abstraction, convey an inescapable visceral and symbolic force. Whether it is because of tyranny on domestic or global scales, or the isolation and loss that has spread hand in hand with the virus, the theme of isolation has been felt deeply in the artists’ lives. The subjective experience thereof is what is expressed here: isolation as aggression, as sadness, as resignation, and as insanity, merged with beauty and hope as the longing for that which we wish to embrace, however obscured, remains the engine that moves us forward. Sote and Tarik Barri portray these feelings from their own perspectives as well as how they have witnessed their manifestation in fellow humans, victims, oppressors, loved ones and lost ones alike.