2016 in reflection: part 3

This week, we continue with our selection from the 'Altered Realties' exhibit (Lethaby Gallery till 15th March '17). 

In part 3, we're featuring Esna Su (BA Jewellery Design 2015) who exhibited with 'The Burden II'. The exhibit follows on in her exploration of the issues of identity and memory, and how these are shaken in the context of political instability. This second collection represents the burden carried by Syrian Refugees and is shown in the symbolism 'Trousseau' - a new life or home transformed into a few belongings, carried on a journey. As material reality of 2016, the exhibit forces us to reflect but to also ponder the implications for the future and where we will be. 

Esna Su - The Burden II - Vegetable Tanned Leather, Crochet

Esna Su - The Burden II - Vegetable Tanned Leather, Crochet

Esna Su - The Burden II - Vegetable Tanned Leather, Crochet

Excerpt from 'The Burden II':

The war in Syria started in 2011. The bombs have destroyed homes, lives and left the streets unrecognisable. Esna Su’s second collection represented this gradual disappearance into a bracelet: a heavy burden, carried by Syrian refugees. The form was inspired by ‘Trousseau’, a well-known middle-eastern tradition, which once symbolised the beginning of a new life and home. Inside the war, a young girl’s trousseau becomes a bundle of a few belongings - the rest left behind. The crochet is Su’s own trousseau which represents the hope that one day they will be able to return to the place they called home.
— Esna Su