Sitting at the intersection of modern technology and poetic tradition, In the Land of Shattered Windows, a collaborative project produced in partnership by Diwan Al Fan (Sana’a) and The Poetry Project (Berlin), brings voice to some of the major personal, political, and social conflicts that dictate daily life in Yemen today.
Through the exchange of audio recordings of original poems via Whatsapp, young creatives from the opposite sides of these conflicts communicate alternative narratives to one another that shed light on the human aspects of daily life in Yemen that are missing from the international headlines.
Playing heavily on the imagery of windows, the poetic dialogues at the heart of the project act as a means by which both the contributors and the audience, within Yemen and internationally, can get a real and honest look into the daily lives of those still on the ground in Yemen despite the veritable black box that has formed around the country in terms of media coverage.
In the Land of Shattered Windows began implementation on June 1, 2018. Both partner organizations believe that this project is a step towards breaking down the walls between Yemen and the outside world, amplifying the voices of young Yemenis so that their personal stories and perspectives can be heard everywhere. Through Shattered Windows, listeners from around the world can access personal perspectives on the current situation in Yemen that delve far deeper into the on-the-ground experience there than the major news headlines do, allowing those outside the shattered windows of Yemen to develop a fuller understanding of what’s really happening behind the broken glass.
Maxmarie Wilmoth, The Poetry Project
Ibi Ibrahim, Diwan Al Fan