Common Salt

Common Salt was a performance around a table – a ‘show and tell’ by artists Sheila Ghelani and Sue Palmer. It explored the colonial, geographical and natural history of England and India taking an expansive and emotional time-travel, from the first Enclosure Act and the start of the East India Company in the 1600s, to 21st century narratives of trade, empire and culture.

In the performance Sue and Sheila activated insights into our shared past, laying out a ‘home museum’ of objects and stories about borders and collections, the Great Hedge of India, a forgotten naturalist – all accompanied by original Shruti box laments.

This book documents and explores the project, placing the performance text, images and reflections from both artists alongside writings by invited guests – from curators and artists to audience members.

Common Salt is designed by John Hunter (aka RULER) and published by LADA.

Contributors

Alan Read, Deepa Bhasthi, Maddy Costa, Alice Procter, Matilda Pye, Lisa Woynarski, Jane Trowell, Demi Nandhra,  Laura Joyce, Rajni Shah

Photo of a line of salt falling down and forming a small salt mountain inside a box. Common Salt. Image by Paul Samuel White.

Banner image credit:

Sheila Ghelani and Sue Palmer, Common Salt. LADA, 2021. Cover design John Hunter (aka RULER).

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