How do objects pass down memory? What stories do they tell? How can they inform our identities? These are the questions The Road to Nowhere will be exploring in this show and tell centring around the stories, memories, and archival powers that objects hold for people in the diaspora.
As children of diaspora, objects and stories have been a vital source for contextualising our places in society and as comfort. They can teach us about our personal histories and shape how we define ourselves in the present.
Using this as a starting point, The Road to Nowhere invite you to participate in a talking circle where you can share with the group an item that is significant to your own notion of identity. This could be anything, from an item of clothing, a piece of jewelry or a book, all the way over to a toy, a household object, a piece of art, and so on. It could also be something metaphysical, like a story, a poem, a recipe, a song, a dance, a ritual, or a prayer.
The Road to Nowhere particularly encourage folks to bring something that asks us to think more widely about forms of archiving and storytelling. As significant and important as photographs are as a form of storytelling and archive, they invite you to bring an object which can tell a story without direct or literal reference. But, this is just a suggestion!
Please try to limit yourself to one object per person in order to allow each participant enough time. We welcome you to bring your notepad and pen, but we will also provide these for you. You’ll be encouraged to write throughout the session, but exercises will mostly consist of talking and listening.
This event is open to people with a history of migration, in the broadest sense.
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