A collaboration with Sue Palmer
Common Salt is a performance around a table – a ‘show and tell’.
It explores the colonial, geographical history of England and India taking an expansive and emotional time-travel, from the first Enclosure Act and the start of the East India Company in the 1600s, to 21st century narratives of trade, race and culture.
Sue and Sheila activate insights into our shared past, laying out a ‘home museum’ of objects and stories; of the Great Hedge of India, of borders, and collections – all accompanied by original Shruti box laments.
Common Salt is a reckoning; the interconnectedness between history and global power, artefact and trade, race and memory is hidden in plain sight.
Performances in May & June:
Battersea Arts Centre, London | Thursday 7 – Saturday 9 June | 2:30pm & 7:00pm. Book tickets HERE
Performances in September & October:
Bristol Central Library, Bristol | Thursday 13th September | 4:30pm & 7:30pm
b-side Festival, Portland Dorset | Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 September
Dorset County Museum, Dorchester | Thursday 27 September | 7:00pm
CCANW / art.earth, Dartington Hall, Devon | Autumn 2018
Wellcome Collection, Reading Room, London | Autumn 2018
Frome Museum, Somerset | Saturday 20 October | 4:00pm and 7:00pm
Our Common Salt cine-poem made by artist Lucy Cash, will be on display from the 8th – 16th September at b-side Festival
Sheila and Sue began collaborating on the idea for Common Salt in 2013, investigating a thread of connected narratives, originally inspired by the hedgerow, as part of Sheila’s two-year Rambles with Nature project.
Developed over 4 years of research into the colonial and geographical history of England and India, the work is rich and complex, resonant with our contemporary times. Working against our collective amnesia, Common Salt explores the knotty complexity of lucre, enclosures and borders and the economic and social history of trade.
Sheila and Sue developed Common Salt while in residence at b-side, Portland, Dorset in May 2017, with two work-in-progress showings on July 6th 2017 at b-side’s Outpost.
Supported using public funds by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Developed with support from b-side and One Final Act by Rajni Shah Projects
Photography by Paul Samuel White