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Next Wave Festival: Bloodlines by Sancintya Simpson
May 3 @ 12:00 pm - May 20 @ 5:00 pm AEST
Along with culture and tradition, memories and trauma are also passed down to the next generation, shaping who we are. A story told through a narrative of Indian miniature paintings with sound, video and prose, Bloodlines addresses the unacknowledged history and experiences of women taken from South India to South Africa as indentured labour during the late 1800’s and throughout the early 1900’s.
Tricked onto vessels, and often raped and abused on board before being mistreated on the sugar cane plantations they were sent to, these women buried their stories beneath years of shame, intergenerational trauma, and loss of culture. Simpson journeys with her mother to search for historical information through disappearing oral histories, from their own matrilineal heritage. By sharing these harrowing experiences, Simpson affords them a rightful place in history.
• A multi-site audio described tour for people who are Blind or have low vision will take place on Sat 19 May
• Auslan-interpreted Artist Talk 9 May
Opening May 3 at Blak Dot Gallery, 5:30pm – 8pm, and showing from 3–20 May. This is a free, non-ticketed event.
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