Tetiten Swarane Tandur: Hear the Seeds Sing”

08/06/2024

11:00

“Tetiten Swarane Tandur: Hear the Seeds Sing”

An immersive art exhibition that explores the themes of climate change, food security and land justice.

Fusion Arts Oxford is proud to present Tetitan Swarane Tandur - "Hear the Seeds Sing," an immersive art exhibition in collaboration with Soboman Artspace 219 from Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The exhibition, which will take place during Great Big Green Week, delves into pressing global issues such as climate change and food security, using art as a powerful medium to provoke thought and inspire action.

In the UK, traditional farming rituals highlight our deep connection to the land. Wassailing ensured an abundant apple harvest, the corn dolly symbolized the corn's spirit for next year's yield, and Maypole dancing heralded spring and brought luck to the crops.

However, this exhibition focuses on the Cowongan tradition, which originates from Java, Indonesia's Banyumas region. The Cowongan tradition creatively utilizes coconut shells during droughts, symbolizing a communal plea for assistance from the heavens. Reflecting local resilience and resourcefulness, it underscores the profound connection between humanity and nature, emphasizing collective action in environmental challenges.

“This exhibition is a space for us to express and voice the crises experienced by peasants in Indonesia to global audiences….Wooden dolls and miniature statues of Dewi Sri, the goddess of fertility in Javanese belief, are presented as expressions of farmers eco-religiosity, emphasizing that humans are not the rulers of nature.” explains Ribka Barus, research coordinator at University Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, who has been working alongside Artists at Soboman Artspace in Yogyakarta for the creation of this exhibition.

As part of the exhibition, Fusion Arts Oxford will host a series of free events at 95 Gloucester Green aimed at fostering dialogue and community engagement.

Exhibition & Event Details:

Location: Fusion Arts Oxford, 95 Gloucester Green, Oxford

"Tetiten Swarane Tandur: Hear the Seeds Sing" is supported by the British Council, Dana Indonesiana and the Oxford City Council.

"Hear the Seeds Sing" promises to be a thought-provoking and inspiring exhibition that invites audiences to contemplate the interconnectedness of our world and the urgent need for collective action. Join us as we come together to explore, learn, and share ideas for a sustainable future.


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