To remember, to stitch together fragments of history for both collective and individual remembrance, To re-center knowledge, to account for colonial and personal histories. To connect the dots between that which has past and realities of those lived experiences. To allow something invisible to become visible. To hold space for ancestors - past, present and future.
Yaad Karo is a new body of work by Shivanjani Lal that looks at the history of migration that links her personal history with the indentured labour community of India and the Pacific. Through a process driven practice that uses labor as a tool to account for the trajectories of labor across oceans. Lal uses stitching to create visible links that records of the journeys made by her community and her self, remaking the lines of connection. By looking at shipping documents and by using maps which centres Australia between these oceans, she reframes this history by acknowledging the role of Australia as the localised colonial presence.