After successfully presenting her memorable NWF 2014 work Concerto No. 3 at Fierce Festival Birmingham, alumna Sarah-Jane Norman takes yet another Next Wave work overseas, remounting her NWF 2012 project Bone Library at the Venice International Performance Art Week.
Taking residence at the Palazzo Mora for the festival, Sarah-Jane will work to engrave a complete dictionary of Indigenous Australian languages, many of which have been classified as ‘extinct’, onto the prepared bones of sheep and cattle. A haunting and visceral intervention into the public archive, Bone Library provokes audiences into active remembrance.
Following the live inscription of the bones, audiences will be invited to take a single bone into their custodianship, until such time as the complete collection is recalled. This handover ceremony will be conducted with the blessing of community Elders.
The Venice International Performance Art Week features some incredible contemporary and archive works including Ulay and Allen Ginsberg. If you’re in Venice come December, we highly recommend you check it out.