Opening event Wednesday August 15, from 6.00pm
Window Gallery, Auckland
Sourced from personal accounts, online and academic research Amateur Āyurveda explores Lekamge’s familial and cultural history with Āyurvedic practice – a medicinal practice founded in the Indian subcontinent.
The installation centres around treatments that remedied a family member’s shoulder calcification and other ailments. This involved the use of a lime and salt bath to aid with foot swelling and kizhi treatment (herbal powders wrapped with muslin and tied in a bolus), in order to ease pain in the shoulder.
The videos mimic the warm and dimly-lit images of international Āyurveda Medical Centre brochures whilst acknowledging the challenges of accessing information about Āyurvedic practice from a non-Western lens in Aotearoa. Focusing on herbal and plant-based remedies over chemical remedies, these practices are regularly approached with scepticism because of the introduction of Western medicine and the exoticisation of Eastern cultures. From the perspective of a Sri Lankan diaspora, Lekamge uses performance as a form of personal research to explore how these treatments healed previous generations of her family.
Date(s) - 15/08/2018 - 15/09/2018