How are memories and trauma passed down, along with culture and tradition, to each generation? Bloodlines addresses the unacknowledged history and experiences of women taken as indentured labourers from South India to South Africa. These women’s stories are not generally known, as the history of this time was told primarily by the white male coloniser and therefore accurate and high quality records are scarce. Bloodlines will bring a voice to harrowing and hidden experiences; tricked onto vessels, often raped and abused on board and ill- treated on the sugar cane plantations they were sent to. Bloodlines remembers these women. Through intergenerational trauma, shame of the violence enacted upon these women and their loss of culture, many of these stories are lost. This project collates these disappearing oral histories with historical information, especially that of Simpson’s own matrilineal heritage, exploring and sharing them through large-scale Indian Miniature paintings, sound, video and prose. By immortalising these stories through traditional forms that historically used to tell religious or culture stories these interwoven narratives will be given their own place in history.
OPENING / 5 September 2018, 6pm
EXHIBITION / 5 – 22 September 2018, Metro Arts Gallery Level 2
2018 / Metro Arts – Exhibition Program, presented by Metro Arts and Sancintya Mohini Simpson
Bloodlines was commissioned and developed through Next Wave’s Kickstart Helix program for Next Wave Festival 2018.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.
Image: Sancintya Mohini Simpson, In Fields of Cane (video still), 2018.