Amal Laala - Morocco

Things Unsaid

Public Installation

300 hand-written scrolls


Being away from my familiar environment in a small village far from home, amongst people I’d just met – without the usual pressures- allowed me an openness to express myself personally. Notions of relationships, friendships, communication; searching and finding are not always as expected.


I hand-wrote 300 scrolls each one expressing a saying, an action of friendship such as “Close your eyes and whisper the name of a close friend” or a secret “I never want to hurt you so sometimes I don’t tell you things.” The scrolls were placed in the gaps of a stonewall and left for the community, artists and open day visitors to interact and search through.