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SACRED: Homelands Festival 2016 – Thursday

Photo by Sarah Mane

Events run from 6pm. Day tickets £15/£12.50 concessions. The SACRED: Homelands programme contains adult themes and content which may be unsuitable for younger audiences.  

GROUP OFFER: 6 tickets can be purchased for the price of 5 both online and via telephone.

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6pm (duration 4 hours)


Josephine Garcia Jowett (Philippines/New Zealand)

As a child, Jojo's family house burnt to the ground while corrupt firefighters looked on, and only a week later their temporary housing was destroyed by a typhoon. She says “While peeling cardboard boxes piece by piece, I remember seeing my parents picking up our lives every time we experienced disaster. One day I saw the picture of my life in my installation and I cried because I was not able to accomplish my dream. I promised myself that I would continue to look after my parents when they get older, but they died too soon. My artwork is like a scar, a reminder of my past.”

Parabox also plays on the Philippine tradition of Balikbayan boxes ('balik' means 'return' and bayan 'home'). These cardboard boxes are stocked with essential supplies like food and clothing, which are sent to families in the Philippines from relatives who have emigrated and work overseas.

Josephine Jowett is a licensed naval architect and marine engineer, trained in University of Cebu, Philippines. She also has a Bachelor's in Visual Arts from Wellington Institute of Technology, and has been exhibiting in New Zealand since 2007. In 2010 she was presented with the Filipino Achiever Award by the Philippines Charge de 'Affaires.           

supported by Creative New Zealand

6pm (duration 4 hours)


Shadow Palm Casts
Varsha Nair (India/Thailand)

Dispersed by floating on the seas to reach far-flung places before putting down roots, the Palm is among the first migrants of the world. The leaf of a Talipot Palm, also known as the ‘Shadow Palm’ (Corypha umbraculifera) is traditionally used to record sacred texts and other legends that were once orally passed down the generations. Now it becomes a space to record current realities for the people, their life stories connected with location, relocation, dislocation – the physical, emotional and psychological shifts ­– at times subtle and at times tectonic.

Throughout the performance some of these stories are retold and shared in informal conversations with people who wish to hear them.

Varsha Nair (born Kampala, Uganda) studied Painting at Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayaji Rao University, Baroda, India. Her work encompasses performance, drawing, installation, video, writing, and organising projects.

6pm (duration 4 hours)


Charred to the Bone – Where is Home now?
Zierle & Carter (UK)

Performing on consecutive days (today & Friday 25), two facets of the same exploration open up a visual dialogue with the audience, which moves from personal ritualised actions to an unpremeditated material led exploration, catalysed by key questions on sense of belonging and the externalisation of inner landscapes that speak of acts that walk us from the opposite of belonging back to a place of home.

In Charred to the Bone – Where is Home now? Zierle & Carter are seated opposite each other at each end of the room. Both are draped and bridged by one veil of burnt toast trailing across the space. The veil connects and bonds, outwardly creating a terrain of a black encrusted bridge between two mountain peaks, placing the bodies in isolation.

The audience is invited to help transform the space into a shrine that reflects people’s inner modes of being, housing their personal thoughts on notions of home and sense of belonging.

The second performance Following the Crow’s Heart is on Friday evening.

Beginning prior to their collaboration, Zierle & Carter’s ongoing research on Sense of Belonging stems from initial explorations in Canada by Alexandra Zierle in 2005. Travelling on her own to remote areas, Alexandra interviewed a myriad of people including First Nation Elders, South East Asian refugees, and Canadian ranchers. Further interviews took place in Argentina, Chile, UK, Cyprus, Italy, Germany and Australia. From this multi-faceted kaleidoscope of personal experiences, definitions and beliefs, an ever-expanding collection of materials and symbolic objects has grown, coming to imbue and embody both the terrain of belonging and its opposite state.

Interdisciplinary, multi-sensory and site and context responsive, over the last decade, Zierle & Carter’s practice spans performance and live art, socially engaged practice, video, sound, installation, and photography. Their work has been widely exhibited internationally throughout Europe, Canada, United States, South America, Australia, in Asia and Africa

8pm (duration 1 hour)


Unrelated (version unplugged)
Daina Ashbee (Québec)

Unrelated is a dark work that expresses the cruelty and vulnerability confronted by Aboriginal women in Canada. Unrelated boils with feelings of emptiness and erupts with violence suggesting the loss of culture, identity and community. Stunningly interpreted by Areli Moran and Paige Culley, Unrelated is a study of corporeal sub-conscience and Ashbee's deconstruction and transformation of her own self-image. It is a deliberately disturbing and sensual creation.

Daina Ashbee is an artist, performer and choreographer based in Montréal, Québec. Her work is often influenced by her Cree Metis and Dutch heritage and her experiences as a young woman, using both contemporary and traditional means as expression. 


in conversation facilitated by Colin Hicks

Daina Ashbee

Supported by Arts Council England.


Date and time

24 November 2016

Please note
This is now a past event.


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