FiLiArt REFUGE EXHIBITION EAST LONDON
The word ritual is often associated with archaic and superstitious practices. Yet what I have found both through my cross-cultural research and also through my work as a psychotherapist is that creative ritual, at it’s basic form, oﬀers a safe liminal space within which meaningful transformation can begin to occur. It is an opportunity to initiate or mark change on both personal and collective levels. The dictionary deﬁnition of refuge is the state of being safe or sheltered from pursuit, danger or diﬃculty. Many of the men and women I have worked with, have not found refuge within the homestead, which is often the site of loss, conﬂict and trauma, and have instead found it through their own inner work and connection to nature. Finding refuge both within the Self and through feeling part of and connected to nature can often be a profoundly healing experience. The ﬁlms I make oﬀer rare insights into some of these creative rituals, and it is hoped they open up the opportunity for women to tell their own stories, which spring from their embodied experiential realities.