“Memory of fire” a contemporary art exhibition by The Floating Artland collective in conjunction with the Plaistow Library and the Plaistow Council
from 13 to 27 October 2017
 
Participating artists:
Indra Gavenaite http://indragavenaite.crevado.com/
Marcelo Rodriguez http://marcelorodriguez.crevado.com/
Fabiola Retamozo www.fabiolaretamozo.com/
Luis Fabrizio Garcia Rios
 
“The dry grass will set fire to the damp grass”
– African proverb brought to the Americas by slaves.
 
17:30 – Opening
18:00 – Opening words by a member of the Floating Artland collective.
18:10 – Ceremonial opening by the “Sukuris sin fronteras” music group. All the performers will be dressed in traditional Aymara costumes (Aymaras are the nation established from ancient times around the Titicaca lake in the Bolivian and Peruvian Andean region)
19:10 – “Saduto” is a London based Lithuanian folkloric ensemble performance which will represent Lithuanian traditional costumes, dances and music.
19:20– Visual projection by Luis Fabrizio Garcia Rios
19:30 – Performance by the Floating art
19:50 – Visual projection by Luis Fabrizio Garcia Rios
20:10 – Andean Festivity music by “Sukuris sin fronteras”
20:20-20:30 “Saduto” performance.
21:00 – Exhibition close.
 
 
 
About the exhibition:
The exhibition is the first event of Artist Open Houses Project. It will be opened for 2 weeks and it will be the platform to connect and represent local artists from Plaistow for the main day of the project on 28th of October when the houses and studios will become galleries.
 
Artist Open Houses project is part of Newham Heritage festival. We are giving the special attention and exploration about the cultural and artistic heritage in Plaistow. We are featuring artists who are living and creating locally or they are related with the local community. They are becoming the representation and reflection of local community. And the goal is to connect local artists and introduce them to the residents, so this exhibition is open invitation to following workshops, events and finally The Open Studios day.
 
During 2 weeks period at Plaistow library will exhibit Floating Artland artists. They are based locally and they will inspire residents to take part. The collective members are from Lithuania and Bolivia. These far away from each other countries, unexpected cultural mix will produce one consistent result. It will represent diverse borough of Newham where the most different cultures are living together and trying to find the conversation between each other daily. Together they are building a new and unique heritage for Newham and Plaistow.
 
Memory of Fire – the concept created by Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano. There is a fire of ancestors, the first voices that are inside us and it is up to us to bring these roots up. By rising the awareness and through art process we can inspire other people to do the same (set memory of fire on others).
 
Identity on the Move: By Eduardo Galeano
Cultural identity isn’t like a precious vase standing silently in a museum showcase. It’s always moving, changing and being challenged by reality that is itself in perpetual movement. I am what I am, but I’m also what I do to change what I am. There’s no such thing as cultural purity, any more than there is racial purity.
Luckily, every culture is made up of some elements that come from afar. What defines a cultural product—whether it be a book, a song, a popular saying or a way of playing football—is never where it comes from but what it is. A typical Cuban drink like a daiquiri has nothing Cuban in it: the ice comes from somewhere else, just like the lemon, the sugar and the rum. Christopher Columbus first brought sugar to the Americas from the Canary Islands. Yet the daiquiri is considered quintessentially Cuban. The churro fritters of Andalusia originated in the Middle East. Italian pasta first came from China. Nothing can be defined or derided on the basis of its origin. The important thing is what is done with it and how far a community identifies with something that symbolizes its favourite way of dreaming, living, dancing, playing or loving.
This is the positive side of the world: a constant intermingling that produces new responses to new challenges. But because of forced globalization, there’s a clear trend these days towards uniformity. This trend comes largely from the ever-greater concentration of power in the hands of large media groups.
 
Plaistow Artists’ Open Studios Day main event https://www.facebook.com/events/183593978850686/