Embroidering Country - Information & Cultural Exchange

Embroidering Country

Image: Shabnam Mukhi at work. Photo: Yamane Fayed 2021

Information + Cultural Exchange invites you to a discussion about colonial empire and trade, loss and the enduring cultural memory of Aboriginal communities.

Learn about the collaboration between leading contemporary artist and Kamilaroi/Wiradjuri man Jonathan Jones, Dharug community members and the embroiderers from Information + Cultural Exchange’s Multicultural Women’s Hub, including Anamika, Shabnam Mukhi, Rabia Azizi, Asana Rahimi, Fariba Rahimi, Lida Heidari, Ayusha Prasad, Khyati Gathani, Junghee Seeto, Sharadha Sivaraman and Seeta Srinivasan (the Collective) for the project untitled (transcriptions of country), co-commissioned by Artspace, Sydney and Palais de Tokyo, Paris. With facilitators Hannah Donnelly (Producer, First Nations, I.C.E.) and Yamane Fayed, (Producer, Multicultural Women’s Hub, I.C.E.), speakers will share their experiences of country, displacement and colonial legacies.

$15 + booking fee* (includes afternoon tea)

29 May 2021 2pm – 4pm

Information + Cultural Exchange

8 Victoria Road, Parramatta

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“With needle and thread, we not only create embroideries, we create beautiful moments too. As all embroideries are based on native plants, I now know hidden information and values about these plants. I feel more connected with native plants and closer to First Nations people who preserve a strong and beautiful form of nature. I know stories behind every plant and their uses in daily life – some plants have medicinal values and some are used as mosquito repellent. I have truly enjoyed every moment of this project.”

–  Anamika

“This project has allowed me to not only take a trip down memory lane to where my skills and passion for embroidery began all those years ago in Afghanistan and Pakistan, but also to bring this to life in the present day and contribute towards a meaningful piece of work which ties the skills I developed through my heritage to my home now in Australia.”

– Rabia Azizi

untitled (transcriptions of country) looks at the colonial transportation, trade and translation of Australian native plants, animals and objects, and their associated Indigenous knowledges, by examining the 1800 – 1803 French expedition to Australia under the command of Captain Nicolas Baudin. The project, which traces these colonial narratives through acts of collaboration with and between participants. Since mid 2020, the collective has embroidered more than 150 of the plant specimens from Baudin’s archive.

Developed across 2020 and 2021, the project is highly collaborative and consultative, involving Sydney Aboriginal elders and knowledge holders such as Aunty Julie Freeman, Aunty Julie Christian and Peter Cooley, resulting in new cultural connections between Aboriginal and migrant communities from Afghanistan, India and Korea. This project also involves Parramatta Artists’ Studios’ The Adorn Collective. The work culminates in exhibitions at Palais de Tokyo, Paris in October 2021, and Artspace, Sydney in 2022.

*Tickets are $15 plus booking fee. First Nations guests are free. If you are interested in attending but are facing financial difficulties please send us an email at [email protected]

This event will be hosted on the stolen land of the Burramattagal people of the Dharug Nation. Sovereignty was never ceded.

If you would like more information about Embroidering Country, you can get in contact with Yamane Fayed at I.C.E. for more details
Yamane Fayed
Producer, Multicultural Women's Hub
[email protected]
02 8821 9155