Postponed to July / Fashion salon, intervention & exchange
exhibition & happenings at the La Love’s Kitchen, Lichtenrader Strasse 49, 12049 Berlin
Myths and oral traditions from cultures of people groups from the Mindanao island in the Southern part of the Philippine archipelago are replete with motifs and influences from the Ramayana and Mahabharata epics. In the same island, a semi-golden statue of a Sivaite ‘goddess’ figure was found dating back to the 9th century, suggesting that maritime migration from the South Indian subcontinent have been occuring through the islands and archipelagoes in the Pacific Ocean. Perhaps for those who traveled then, there might even be no distinction between the two oceans. There is just sea and many islands. Many words in my mother tongue come from Tamil and Sanskrit. While historians could not really ascertain what kind of exchanges occurred in the official sense, it might be because the exchanges happened not in the official bureaucratic geo-political sense. Suggesting that the Dravidian Hindus simply came, lived, stayed with the people they met (arguably also to escape from the Aryan Hindu colonisation). I found some contemporary evidence of this transcultural connections and survival stories recently here in Berlin. In the absence of official history, and since many official histories are made of fictitious accounts anyways, I will approximate a DIY anthropologic report in the form of a lecture cum fashion show of how the Indians came and ate the locals, and how the locals ate them back. It will be very informal, unofficial and somewhat improvised and hopefully authentic.
- DATE TBA / Performance by Pepe Dayaw with special guest appearance by Ariel William Orah (Bandung, West Java) from Soy Division who plays a set based on his ongoing research on Indian music pathways. http://www.ravenative.com/
- Limited edition sale of a collection of wearable art & handcrafts curated by Jasna Moidu’s Tree
- With special thanks to Reena, her mother and to all the mothers who had to wrap themselves in rolls of saris.
- For more info about the Kerala Soul Food pop-up, visit: https://www.instagram.com/keralasoulfoodinberlin
- Kind donations are welcome for the performance. Pepe Dayaw is raising funds to rehabilitate his life in this challenging times and to facilitate the start-up of his new business.