a note from the curator
I’m taking time this month to consider ritual. How and why we perform certain rituals, how these acts connect us as human, potentially spanning generations and borders.
I grew up without any access to or knowledge of certain rituals of my birth country and culture. But I believe that somewhere in my DNA is an imprint of these rituals left by multiple generations -- repetition of human connective behaviors reaching back thousands of years. As an adult I’ve found fulfillment in teaching myself these traditions and rituals that I was never taught growing up, but have never felt like I’ve been able to tap into a feeling of connection with my ancestry. Instead, what I’ve found most authentic to my identity is the process of creating new rituals, with and for myself and my chosen family. A mix of self-taught cultural tradition and modern practices.
This series of video, images, sounds, and text are intended to act as a new imprint for the transnational adoptee, a celebration of ritual and its ability to adapt to new environments while simultaneously connecting us in new ways to our ancestors and descendants-- archiving new rituals for the next generation.
_ Schuyler Swenson