Responding to this year’s Critical Animals Creative Research Symposium theme of ‘Give and Take’ in a very literal context, Full Circle considers the inheritance of family cultural traditions and how artists delve into the past to navigate their future.
The flows of migration across the globe, whether voluntary or not, has resulted in the intercultural contact of many different people. For those born into settler societies like Australia, with family originating from other countries, growing up in this dichotomy can be a confusing and conflicting period.
Transitioning from childhood to adulthood is usually compounded with cultural transitions as questions about identity come to the forefront of development. There may be a time in their lives where they choose to completely disassociate from their cultures due to embarrassment or insecurity. However, there is a noticeable pattern to be traced whereby as these individuals grow older, they reconsider their roots, identity, culture, and traditions.
Speaking from personal experience, the artists aim to share how they came to reconsider their roots and identity, to go on to create versions of their cultural traditions in contemporary art practice to be passed on and communicated to a wider audience.
Image title: Sancintya Mohini Simpson, Blood-link, 2013, digital video, sound (looped), duration 00:03:10 mins