While societies globally experience rapid and vast transformations based on technology, innovation, and mass communication, the emotional value of craft and the hand-made is increasing. As studio artists and traditional artisans respond to new circumstances, we witness a re-engagement of contemporary craft by makers willing to sustain the value and benefit of the hand-made in contemporary life.
Throughout the Indian Ocean region craft objects and artefacts have traditionally been linked to specific uses. Whether on a daily basis, for special ceremonies or acts of worship, rituals of the everyday touch each of us in different ways, for example:
Votive: describing systems and formalities of belief
Family/Utility: objects with their roots in function and domestic use
Shelter: referencing the architectures of physical protection
Adornment: a process of embellishment or beautification.
[As we have researched artists and creative craft approaches, a number of sub-themes and messages have emerged strongly, concerning factors, such as: cultural reclamation, socio-political, environment and technology.]
Curating Across the Indian Ocean Rim
The Triennial fosters innovative cultural collaboration, dialogue and partnerships that build influence internationally. Through the promotion of the craft sector’s economic, artistic and cultural assets within an international landscape. It builds people-to-people links internationally, and in particular, enhances and establishes networks and exchanges between artisans and arts organisations around the Indian Ocean. Fostering a renewed appreciation of the hand-made, collaboration, and increasing the capacity of artists and artisans informs our curatorial practice.
The Indian Ocean Rim Group of Countries
AUSTRALIA, BANGLADESH, COMOROS, INDIA, INDONESIA, IRAN, KENYA, MADAGASCAR, MALAYSIA, MAURITIUS, MOZAMBIQUE, OMAN, SEYCHELLES, SINGAPORE, SOMALIA, SOUTH AFRICA, SRI LANKA, TANZANIA, THAILAND, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, YEMEN.