As If No Misfortune Had Occurred in the Night is a three-channel video work featuring an Arabic-language opera on loss, mourning and inherited trauma. A single aria is performed by Palestinian soprano Nour Darwish. The aria is a new composition by Lebanese composer Anthony Sahyoun, based on Gustav Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder and the Palestinian traditional song Mashaal. Filmed in a derelict chapel, the opera is accompanied archival material from Palestine and special effects. The piece is presented in black and white as a three-screen projection, like an altar triptych.


As If No Misfortune Had Occurred in the Night, 3-channel film, 21’, Larissa Sansour/Søren Lind, 2022