Interdisciplinary artist Indrani Ashe ইন্দ্রাণী (IG: @theshadowarchivist) responds to a world in which transnational histories and hybrid identities have been strategically marginalized and erased, where profit-based algorithms continue the work of colonialism and imperialism, and perception becomes reality.
In this OyoUniverse episode, Dumama and Indrani go on a reflexive journey unpacking Indrani's interdisciplinary works: my goddess gave birth to a goddess, yoga without Adriene, and her relationship with ritual, ancestry, and migration.
Indrani was born in North Carolina in the United States, to an Indian mother whose parents fled the state of Bengal after the violent political upheaval of partition, and a father descended from Welsh-English settlers of the Appalachian Mountains. Wresting the narrative from these hegemonical structures, she creates necessary mythologies at the interplay between image, text, and performance: an intersectional feminist shadow archive, which regenerates a damaged past and creates potential realities for the future. > indraniashe.com
This is part of a series of podcasts for Ancestral Body Noise: Rituals of Real(ease) - a project lead by Gugulethu ‘Dumama’ Duma for Oyoun's curatorial focus EMBODIED TEMPORALITIES. She is guiding participants through a intercultural healing incubator on biomythography and ancestral reconnection. The focus is on honoring the remnants of ritual through kinaesthetic and vocal intimacy, engaging the power of a collective creativity developed amidst political and social resistance in a time of social distancing.
Artwork: Duduetsang Lamola (IG: @blk.banaana)
Postproduction: Dylan Hunter Chee Greene (IG: @dylangreene_hunterchee)