Driven by the collisions and interactions arising from colonialism, artist and scholar Brook Andrew combats historical amnesia and questions the limitations of power structures in institutional spaces.
Burbang-buwanha winha-nga-nha (Returned Ceremony of Memory) (2023) is a live-performance sculptural installation produced together with cultural practitioners, performers and creative professionals from First Nations Australia and Sharjah. The courtyard of Bait Hassan Abdulla has been transformed into a ceremonial ground arrayed with colourful ceramic objects in the shape of vessels, furnaces and incense holders, made in collaboration with local ceramicists. The opening week performance expands a section of Andrew’s script GABAN [strange,
in Wiradjuri], where a character named ‘MEMORY’ speaks of the removal and eventual restitution of cultural objects to their Indigenous homelands through poetry and song.