A new exhibition at the Crafts Council Gallery explores craft as a form of living knowledge that shapes global cultures and our relationship to nature.
Curated by Ligaya Salazar, Gaining Ground foregrounds global craft practices that value soil, biodiversity, local materials and production systems. Nine making projects are highlighted in this exhibition through a display of films, photography, audio, handbooks, raw materials, and craft objects.
The exhibition draws on the British Council’s Crafting Futures programme and features work by artisans and researchers from countries across the globe, including Bangladesh, the Philippines, the Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Argentina, Nicaragua, Guyana, Brazil, Indonesia and the United Kingdom.
The Crafts Council Gallery has been transformed into a site for learning, where visitors can engage with craft processes from across the globe. In particular, the exhibition draws attention to territories where colonialism and extractive capitalist processes have disrupted craft knowledge being passed onto future generations. Each project, although geographically and socially distinct, questions what we can learn from craft to inform climate action and in our quest to build a more sustainable future.
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