Narrated sound piece for museum audio guide, 2015. English and Polish. 30 minutes.
Created during a residency at Warsaw's POLIN Museum for the History of Polish Jews, The Muranów Lily recounts the story of a painting of a legendary sex-changing flower that has gone missing from the museum’s collection.
The sonic narrative pieces together facts and rumours about the painting and the flower, calling on fragments from a Yiddish story by Isaac Bashevis Singer, nineteenth century cartography, and local gossip, directing the listener outside the museum to the spot where the flower is said to have first appeared in Warsaw.
Layers of history and fiction overlap in evocative, sometimes contradictory ways, weaving together a story of personal and botanical metamorphosis.
The narration is accompanied by choral material developed in collaboration with Sean Palmer and Kuba Palys, and performed by members of the POLIN Choir Project: Karolina Szulejewska, Piotr Aleksandrowicz, Malgosia Janina Berwid, Carolina Albano, Grazyna Rudolf, Malgorzata Kozek, Zosia Sadowska, Jola Nalecz-Jawecka, Gosia Malocha, Irena Klein-Sadowska, Edyta Pawlowska, and Martina Rampulla. Choir members also narrate the Polish language version of the audio guide, Lilia z Muranowa.