Free For Arts

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Both ‘Feminislam‘ and some pieces from ‘Drapetomania‘ are currently installed in Federation House in honour of Free For Arts Festival- where it turns out I am exhibiting alongside some old comrades.

Drapetomania in particular has given me the opportunity to work with how the pieces could be presented to get people’s curiosity going about the significance behind them regarding trafficking and exploitation, as well as presenting the allusions to different cultural practices and religious traditions that have influenced this work so far.

The show is on till 10th October.


For Your Information…

I’m taking part in Free For Arts Festival from 3rd-10th October, 4th Floor, Federation House.

Details are all here.


RE-Telling Workshop @ The People’s History Museum

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The term ‘Scapegoat’ stems from Ancient Greek and Hebrew traditions. In the Biblical text, an actual goat is prepared as a sacrifice to atone for the sins of the populace by having it ‘carry’ their sins out into the wilderness on the Day of Atonement, removing sin from the community. The original term ‘azazel’, means ‘for removal’, or ‘sender away of sins’.

 In modern usage, ‘Scapegoat’ or ‘Scapegoating’ refers to the practice of singling out a particular party for unmerited blame in society. As a political tool, we often see the scapegoating of distinct social groups. Throughout recent history, such group range from Trade Unionists, the Jewish community, migrant groups (such as immigrants from the West Indies and Eastern European migrants), Irish Travellers, the unemployed, the Muslim community and refugees. Such scapegoats are often propagated by mainstream media, who neglect important facts about these communities, twist visual representations and appropriate situations to the advantage of the worldview that they are selling – often in favour of those who seek to profit from social division.

RE-TELLING: Scapegoats, Media & Politics from sophiagardiner on Vimeo.


Re-Telling: Scapegoats, Media & Politics @ People’s History Museum

I will be running a workshop at People’s History Museum this Thursday 4th September, 12:00pm-15:00pm, to discuss the impact of Scapegoating in politics and the media.

Join us for an interactive workshop where we will analyse and discuss the impact of scapegoating in politics and the media.  Find out how this affects both those that are targeted and society as a whole.

Meet groups affected by scapegoating and help bring down barriers that propaganda creates.  Then create the ‘Re-Telling’ of their own stories by taking the headlines of tabloids that target certain groups unfairly, stereotype and otherwise scapegoat, along with political literature, quotes and articles by cutting them apart and re-applying them to tell it as it is. 

Full details of the workshop and how to book can be found HERE.


Rhythm & Justice – Launch of the ‘Justice & Security for the Famakinwa Family’ campaign

Celebrating Abiola’s campaign launch with a fundraiser at Cross Street Chapel.


Being Watched (Luxembourg Style)


Ever Heard of Luxembourg?

Spent some of the other week in Luxembourg City for another music-related mission.

To sum up- it’s very small, it’s mostly built in and around a big ravine, it’s got a lot of old walls with holes in, is hideously overpriced and everyone wants to know your life story… Seriously, you try and be polite and ask questions which here would get a banal, ‘oh it’s all good, thanks’, there gets an hour-long discussion.

It was also a good thing to have a travelling companion this time, who is firstly, also of an artistic sentiment (and therefore not only tolerates, but participates in taking photos of stuff ordinary mortals would consider a waste of pixels and not worth climbing up rock faces for) and secondly- actually good at reading maps.

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Exploring in the twilight…

A shrine (featuring a totally out of proportioned donkey).

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Then we climbed down into an orchard and went sappin’ to save my euros…

And then went to investigate the fort…


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