The Migrant Woman Project 2018: British, Scottish and Irish women meet to discuss re-telling their personal stories of migration.
The Book of Ruth: a migrant woman who saved a nation, which forms as part of the Old Testament provides a historical touchstone for a group of migrant women, located in Newcastle, NSW to retell their stories of migration. The content of the book, and the fact that this story has for centuries travelled across and through nations and border states, provides a legitimate and all encompassing context for importance of migrant women's stories to be told, shared and received.
The mantra, your story matters aims to engage the women in a dialogue that moves between the past and the present so as to illuminate the here and now - allowing the women an authentic voice that speaks of their experiences through a multi-sensorial and experiential lens. The collaborative process will find form in the shape of: text and poetry alongside an interdisciplinary approach to making that will translate, and at the same time document each individual story into a comprehensive visual language.
Traditional and new technologies, engendered materials as well as everyday, manmade materials will come into play to develop the experimentation that will frame the collaborative process into resolved works of art that celebrate an aesthetics of migration. The works will encompass a series of sensory applications that might be classed as 'women's work', creating a contemporary and dialogical space for the project to develop both visually and textually.