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1000 Petty Indignities by Julia Mason

Sunday 8 & Monday 9 May 2016, 12-6pm


Julia Mason is a Hackney based artist with a nursing and public health background, whose work is influenced by her experience of working with children and families living in poor communities.

Her latest work ‘1000 petty indignities’, a fabric installation, will be displayed at the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden on Sunday 8 and Monday 9 May and visitors are invited to contribute to the piece.

Julia says of her piece:
“The work was borne out of anger and frustration at the welfare cuts. It was also inspired by J K Rowling who said in an interview “Poverty itself is romanticized only by fools. It means a thousand petty humiliations and hardships” and the government’s insignificant response to the migrant crisis, agreeing to take only 1,000 Syrian refugees by last Christmas.”

Visitors are invited to participate, by cutting open or sewing up the stitched cuts in the fabric. They can also take part in a film of the event to provide a record of shared conversations and stories, as the cloth is sewn and shaped by many different hands.

‘1000 petty indignities’ will be exhibited alongside another of Julia’s works, ‘Uprooted’, based on the theme of displacement, which won the ‘Wiener Library’s International Bookart Competition’ in 2014.
Uprooted (1) 2013 by Julia Mason

‘1000 petty indignities’ and ‘Uprooted’ will be displayed in the Pineapple House at the Garden, and entry is free.