"What does a legacy taste, smell, sound, feel, or look like?"
The Legacies Reader is a new publication edited by Thomasin Sleigh. Published in association with 2022 Artist Cinema Commission programme Legacies, the reader features contributions from the 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.
Launch event at Artspace Aotearoa
The Legacies Reader launches Wednesday 21 September from Artspace Aotearoa, 6–8pm.
The reader will be available for a special price at launch and subsequently be available via retail sale from Artspace Aotearoa.