Tracing threads of the past:
Collective Crochet at Casa Belvedere
Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 7 pm
Presented by Luci Callipari-Marcuzzo
This is an in-person participatory collaborative performance, workshop and dialogue, which invites participants to crochet chains of red cotton thread, a symbol of the chain migration scheme in which many immigrants to Australia and North America were participants.
The collective gesture, through the repetitive action of making chains of crochet in a communal setting, reflects on the continuous experience of movement and migration, for economic, social and familial reasons, and interprets these handcrafted artifacts and spoken word exchanges into transcultural conversations of our shared interwoven stories of departure and arrival.
Collective Crochet has previously engaged participants in Mildura and Melbourne in Australia; Rome in Italy; and is continuing its transnational journey to North America.
About Luci Callipari-Marcuzzo
Luci Callipari-Marcuzzo is a multi-disciplinary artist, mother, researcher, arts worker, curator, and writer, based near Mildura in Northwest Victoria, Australia. Through multiplicitous methodologies, her work actively engages with her familial and feminine history. An integral part of Callipari-Marcuzzo’s practice-led research is the self-transformation into an imagined version of her Calabrese grandmothers.
During these enactments, she makes artifacts utilizing traditional women’s modes of making: sewing, embroidery, and crochet, reinventing these notions through her practice, reclaiming these practices through memory and intention. The work is a manifestation of the hopes, dreams, and desires of migrant women, and also, their lived realities. It strives to honor their voices which were often silenced by the dominant gender roles within the Italian Calabrian diaspora.
Banner Image: Collective Crocheting. Image Credit – Casa Belvedere