Retracing Spirit:Bandung 1955
by Gabby Loo & Steven Finch
19 October - 24 November 2019
Opening Night 18 October 6-8pm
Retracing Spirit: Bandung 1955 is a collaborative installation that explores connections and solidarity between people of the Global South.
Bandung 1955 was the first large-scale meeting of African and Asian nations, and was an important moment in the history of decolonisation, world peace, disarmament, and self-determination for many nations. It was also the formation of the term the Global South to refer to the interconnected histories of colonialism, neo-imperialism that resulted in large inequalities between countries.
Retracing Spirit is a creative local community response to these global histories, an acknowledgement that our self-identities, our forms of expression, have themselves been colonised.
Retracing Spirit is a way of connecting ourselves to the spirit of justice and solidarity with Indigenous and colonised peoples through a collaborative map of cultural journeys made from layered paper and textile works, as well as an assembly of the objects of personal cultural significance. Together with artists Gabby Loo and Steven Finch, members of the public that identify with and support people of the Global South will be encouraged to create maps, to retrace the steps towards equality, justice, and peace.
Image: Gabby Loo, Solidarity is key, 2019, digital collage.