Last month we’ve delved into different concepts of home and what that means to us. We touched on how arts culture gives us a way to explore what home means, how it’s changed and even what it might feel like to be displaced.
Keep listening to hear a reading of chapters 1 & 2 from Mitchell Tierney’s short fiction: Ghost Children.
Mitchell Tierney – http://www.ouroborusbooks.com/authors/mitchell-tierney/
Mitchell’s Facebook artist page: https://www.facebook.com/Mitchell-Tierney-210148822399049/
Hesam Fetrati – http://fringeartculture.com/tag/hesam-fetrati/
“The SEVERED ROOTS series is my interpretation of the distress caused through this harmful and common global activity of displacement. The severed trees highlight harmful acts of separation, distress, dilution and loss, of people who have been cut off and forced from their cultural heritage, their motherland and their geographic place. I use satire in this collection of drawings to comment on issues of forced migration. The SEVERED ROOTS series starts with a narrative form into which I attempt to weave my understanding of the mental states of mind and physical hardships endured on the journey from one state mind/place to another. My drawings seek to give voice to the ‘speechless’ members of society— the refugee the displaced. I see myself as part of this situation and at the same time I try to position myself outside of it in order to look at it more objectively. In an effort to avoid repetitive imagery which would just show the Dickensian life of displaced people, I have pursued the inclusion of a balance of subliminal narratives and hidden text. I have tried to avoid making a series of work to reflect the anger and compassion of the victim and the viewer but instead I have tried to reflect more on the context surrounding the situation and allow the viewer to pass their own judgement on the situation.”
Exploring cultural identities through art:
The philosophy of home:
By Edward Howlett Spence, Senior Lecturer (Philosophy and Ethics), Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Charles Sturt University.
Marcus Aurelius – Meditations – Full unabridged audiobook:
Mental health consequences of war: a brief review of research findings:
“Among the consequences of war, the impact on the mental health of the civilian population is one of the most significant. Studies of the general population show a definite increase in the incidence and prevalence of mental disorders. Women are more affected than men. Other vulnerable groups are children, the elderly and the disabled. Prevalence rates are associated with the degree of trauma, and the availability of physical and emotional support. The use of cultural and religious coping strategies is frequent in developing countries.”
What’s happening around Logan:
- Music Cavern Beenleigh had their monthly Saturday concert in the Beenleigh town square this past weekend, so look out for the next one of those by keeping an eye on their Facebook page for details. They also have a new weekly live Youtube stream every Wednesday@7:30pm where Jesse Nikolic and Johnny Breaker talk about music and show off some local talent.
- Running from the 6th Aug until the 15th, Logan Artist Association present the “Anything Goes” Members exhibition. This exhibition features mixed media work from Mark Davey, Ria Willering, Kath Tranter & Kris Estreich
- Wayne Budge local artist who we have featured on the blog previously has just had his work exhibited in San Diego this month which is very exciting for him. If you missed his work when it was in the Logan art gallery, it is currently being exhibited at the Boonah Regional Art Gallery
Grant & Ali