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Event Spotlight: Contested Land

April 7, 2017

We caught up with Second Echo Ensemble to hear more about Contested Land, showing at YAH17 on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 April.

What is the main motivation behind this project?

The first idea was to look at our connection to our land and create a ritual. This led us to think about who owns land. And who gets to call somewhere home. Charlie saw a story on TV about Naru andasylum seekers and was determined to make a statement about how wrong we are treating them.

What do you hope the audience will take away from your work?

We want the audience to be moved, to sit sit on the edge of their seats and be a little bit confronted- to experience what it is like to be confused and told what to do.

What was the process like when creating Contested Land?

Working with materials, objects and ideas to create images and experiences.

How political is this work? And how does it engage with current world events?

We don’t aim to be political just people. It is about being put in a place to experience how other people might feel.

Finally, what YAH17 events are you most looking forward to seeing/have you seen so far?

We have participated in Sight Unseen and Municipal Animal, and we also saw Concrete.
We are also going to Every Day I Get Closer To The Light From Which I Came, which is in the same venue we are using, but on Saturday night.