August 31, 2017 – June 30, 2018
Our popular culture, past and present, is full of images and stories of exploration. It’s still one of the ways we define adventure and excitement.
But what about the explorees? The people who were going about their daily lives as usual in places they thought of as home, when one day strangers appeared wearing odd clothes, speaking odd languages, quite likely carrying unfamiliar weapons? How did these encounters affect them and their ways of life, their sense of their own history and purpose and identity and value?
This exhibition explores those questions by presenting one particular aspect of many of those “discovered” cultures—their writing. It also features wooden carvings by Tim Brookes.
Each piece features text in a writing system on the verge of extinction, carved in wood from the region where that culture has grown, flourished, and now finds itself torn between its own identity, wisdom and beliefs and those of a larger, hungrier world.