"What does a legacy taste, smell, sound, feel, or look like?"
Published in association with the 2022 Artist Cinema Commission programme Legacies, the Legacies Reader is a publication edited by CIRCUIT's 2022 Writer in Residence, Thomasin Sleigh. The reader features contributions from five artists (Edith Amituanai, Martin Sagadin, Ukrit Sa-nguanhai, Pati Tyrell, Sriwhana Spong) plus fiction and essays from Huni Mancini, Tina Makereti and May Adadol Inganwanij.
The film programme Legacies project began in late 2021 when CIRCUIT curator-at-large Dr May Adadol Ingawanij (Thai/UK) Ingawanij sent the artists a series of propositions concerning the possible implications of the term.
“Legacies are that which we carry, sometimes with pride and sometimes with shame, as the basis of social bonding, whether as things a people embodies with pride or as an enduring pain, a burden, some kind of ghost.”
For this reader, editor and CIRCUIT writer in residence Thomasin Sleigh has invited the artists to consider one element of May's proposition, "What does a legacy taste, smell, sound, feel, or look like?"
The result is a collection of fiction, memory, and images which evoke a sensory response to the term. Designed by Eva Charlton, the Legacies reader is a handsome 44-page publication that is both an accompaniment to the commissioned works and a series of speculative responses.
Thomasin Sleigh is writer, art critic, and editor. She has written about visual art and culture for many publications including CIRCUIT, Un Magazine, Eyeline, Art Asia Pacific, The Pantograph Punch, and Runway. She has published two novels with Lawrence & Gibson, Ad Lib (2014), and Women in the Field, One and Two (2018).
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