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Indigenous performance makers animate museum collections in London and Berlin

Posted on 11/04/2014

Rosanna Raymond will be the visiting artist at the Humboldt Lab, Berlin.

The Indigeneity in the Contemporary World project, led by Professor Helen Gilbert, is currently running two artist residencies in which performance-makers will respond creatively to artefacts held in major European museums. 

Multi-disciplinary, award-winning artist Cheryl L’Hirondelle will be hosted by the Horniman Museum and Gardens between 14 April and 2 May 2014. L’Hirondelle is an Alberta-born singer, sound and visual artist of mixed Indigenous and European ancestry (Cree / Metis / German / Polish).  Since the early 1980s, she has created, performed, and presented work in a variety of modes, including music, storytelling, performance art, theatre, video and net.art. Her residency focuses on the Horniman’s gardens and artefacts – including the museum’s musical instrument holdings – and will culminate in a free, live public performance at the Roxy Bar and Screen at 8pm on 2 May 2014, with an added component afterwards on the Millennium Bridge.

Internationally acclaimed performer Rosanna Raymond will be the visiting artist at The Humboldt Lab, based at the Ethnologisches Museum, Berlin, between 9 April and 5 May 2014. During her stay, Raymond will artistically investigate the Ethnological Museum’s Pacific holdings. Her work crosses boundaries between artistic media and genres, drawing on her New Zealand, European and Samoan heritage. A ‘Tusitala’ (a teller of tales) at heart, her art practice takes a variety of forms ranging from installation works, spoken words and body adornment, fusing traditional Pacific practices with modern innovations and techniques. Raymond’s public performance will be held in the Ethnologisches Museum on 27 April, followed by a forum on 29 April at Freie University’s Centre for Interweaving Performance Cultures.

The Indigeneity in the Contemporary World Project team is documenting these projects as part of its research and welcomes feedback from audiences.

For further information: see www.indigeneity.net or contact Rose Harriman at rose.harrimanroyalholloway.ac.uk.


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