Exploring art of healing: Invitation to share remedies

A FINNISH-Swiss artist duo is embarking on a collaborative project in Mildura focusing on the use of eucalyptus in health and healing remedies.

Local pottery artist Jayne Bawden helps Finnish-Swiss artist duo Sasha Huber and Petri Saarikko prepare for tomorrow’s colaborative sculpture session. Picture: Carmel Zaccone

Local pottery artist Jayne Bawden helps Finnish-Swiss artist duo Sasha Huber and Petri Saarikko prepare for tomorrow’s colaborative sculpture session. Picture: Carmel Zaccone

Sasha Huber and Petri Saarikko­­­ invite local participants from diverse­­­ backgrounds to share remedies, which will be collected and choreographed into a video-documented performance piece exhibited for the Mildura Palimpsest Biennale next month.

Titled Remedies, the project will involve filming a collective story combining spoken word narrative and interviews with the acting out of methods, as well as creating a clay dome sculpture.

Remedies describes implicit cultural threads that underpin attitudes to health and well-being, exploring the knowledge passed on through generations and across different cultures.

“We’re not interested in what’s written in books, more in the ‘living knowledge’ that is shared within families,” Huber said.

“Nowadays, people just go to the pharmacy and buy ready-made medicine but don’t actually know what is in it anymore.

“Often there’s still nature in there but people don’t know, so it’s also about remembering how nature can heal you.”

The Remedies project began in Sweden in 2010 when the artists began collecting cultural remedies­­­ passed from generation to generation by word of mouth and interpreted them in performative video.

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