Thursday 3 May, 5:31pm–8pm, Blak Dot Gallery
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.
Sancintya Mohini Simpson, In Fields of Cane (video still), 2018
Bloodlines has been assisted by the Australian Government through Australia Council, its arts and funding body, Arts Queensland and Blak Dot Gallery.