surf's up but everything else is down:

a pantomime on coral bleaching

'Surf's Up but Everything Else is Down: A Pantomime on Coral Bleaching' (performance still)

Sharifah Emalia Al-Gadrie and Tilley Wood

Surf’s Up but Everything Else is Down: A Pantomime on Coral Bleaching intersects textile-based sculpture with collaborative performance to document a personal response to waste production in Australia and the degradation of the Great Barrier Reef that is projected to occur over our lifetimes. It is a performance held over 1.5 hours which involves Emalia and Tilley creating a large knitted rope using only our arms. The yarn which we knit with is made from repurposed and found textile waste and will be unfurled from a giant spool which sits on the ground between us. As the spool unwinds, the foraged yarn is gradually bleached of its original colour, providing a direct allegory for the ongoing coral bleaching suffered by the reef as a result of both direct and indirect human impact. The thread will be 560m long and we will present the work in three parts: our entrance, our process and the finished knitted rope. 

The performance was exhibited at Good Grief Studios as part of Hobiennale 2019. 

I pay my respects to the muwinina people as the traditional owners and custodians of the land and waters where I live and work.

I pay my deepest respect to their elders - past, present and emerging and I acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded.

©2020 Sharifah Emalia Al-Gadrie