11th Gothenburg Biennale

Hameed, Ayesha. 2021. 11th Gothenburg Biennale. In: "11th Gotëburg International Biennial for Contemporary Art", Gothenburg, Sweden, 4 September - 21 November 2021. [Show/Exhibition]

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Creators: Hameed, Ayesha
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Two Ships

5.1 sound  
7 hessian textiles dyed in turmeric, cinnamon, cacao, coffee, barbary fig, soaked in the Thames and rusted with Iron 
Composition and sound design by Mhamed Safa 
Textile support by Natasha Eves and Andia Newton 
Voices by Ayesha Hameed and Theodor Ringborg

The installation references the twin city plans and canal systems of Gothenburg and Batavia (Jakarta)—both built by Dutch city planners in the 1620s—and the 1852 hurricane that struck Saint Barthélemy during Swedish colonial rule. In the work, the colonial trading histories of the three places are interwoven by evoking the winds moving through them, carrying ships, slaves, seeds, and storms. The narrator reflects on the ecological manifestations of colonial violence, connecting the historical commodification of nature with contemporary environmental disaster. The textiles, whose color and scent will fade with time, are printed with pigments from plants and spices used as colonial commodities. The soundscape references two historical trade ships that were deployed by Scandinavian East and West India Companies, caught in storms, and shipwrecked outside Gothenburg.

Contributors: Safa, Mhamed (Composer); Eves, Natasha (Collaborator); Newton, Andia (Collaborator) and Ringborg, Theodor (Collaborator)
Official URL: https://www.gibca.se/en/gibca/archive/gibca-2021/a...
Additional Information:

Ayesha Hameed’s participation was made possible through collaboration with IASPIS, the Swedish Arts Council’s international program for image and form.

With support of Embassy of Canada in Sweden

Departments, Centres and Research Units: Visual Cultures
Date range: 4 September - 21 November 2021
Event Location: Gothenburg, Sweden
Item ID: 35416
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2024 09:36
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2024 10:02



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