The Poetry Project


NOMADIC SIGNALS: Marwa Helal & Saint Abdullah -- Your Wait Time Will Be, hosted by Leyya Tawil in collaboration with ISSUE Project Room

Friday, June 5th, 2020 Suzanne Fiol Curatorial Fellow Leyya Tawil presents the online premiere of “Your Wait Time Will Be,” her second program in the NOMADIC SIGNALS series. Presented in partnership with ISSUE Project Room, the online piece is a new hybrid media work by poet Marwa Helal in collaboration with musicians Saint Abduallah. NOMADIC SIGNALS is a vessel for sonic performance operating in what Tawil refers to as the “diasporic imaginary,” a description of how sounds change in the diaspora: how they tether to their environment, accumulate, synthesize, and adapt.

Saint Abdullah and Marwa Helal—artists of similar but different haphazard migration patterns—present this meditatively noisy reflection on the intersections of pandemic and bureaucracy.

“Your Wait Time Will Be” trangresses notions of place and time-bound histories. It is a composed work built with sound, poetry, and archival footage from the artists global research. “Your Wait Time Will Be” references multiple nations; some home, some lost, some fantasy. With this program we reframe digital artifacts and enduring practices – such as archive – in order to signal forward to a future landscape.

Stream this event here on Friday, June 5th at 8:00pm EST


The events of ISSUE Project Room's 2020 Suzanne Fiol Curatorial Fellowship program are made possible, in part, by the leading support of The Gwärtler Stiftung.

In its fourth year, ISSUE’s Curatorial Fellowship commissions emerging New York curators to organize challenging time-based projects, serving a central role in fulfilling ISSUE’s mission to support and cultivate innovative art within the local community. The Suzanne Fiol Curatorial Fellowship supports emerging curators in realizing ambitious new projects that will significantly transform their own artistic practice, move their work in new directions, and enable them to gain exposure to a broader audience.Named for ISSUE’s visionary founder Suzanne Fiol, the program mentors a curatorial fellow by providing them with financial, technical and marketing support as they work to cultivate, incubate and present innovative music and performance projects.

ISSUE Project Room's Suzanne Fiol Curatorial Fellowship program is supported by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.