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In contrast to memory practices focused on compressed moments in time, “slow memory” depicts individual and community responses that unfold gradually, often with the goal of remembering transformations that are themselves slow. Such approaches offer new ways to engage and potentially resist forms of “slow violence.”
In this workshop, “slow memory” was approached through scholarship on the handwork practices of four culturally diverse sites: belly-casting within Australian Indigenous communities, as basket making on Manus, crafting in the United States, and sashiko needlework from Japan.
Discussion and activity focused on how practices shape “loops of memory,” exploring the recursive and repetitive social processes through which handwork can create reflective forms and networks for memory practice.
The group investigated how these practices emerge in gendered contexts and inquired how they engender “slow memory.” The participants then experimented with their own forms of slow memory-making with thread, yarn, and fabric.
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