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‘Provenance’ is an essay film that explores the colonial practices of claiming and preserving nature, the inextricable links to human colonisation and its legacy from an ecological and spiritual perspective. Using the island of Mauritius as a setting to examine these ideas, the film connects a mountain, a basket weaver, the loneliest palm tree in the world and a rehabilitated indigenous forest. These seemingly separate entities co-exist in past, present and future tenses, bound by an intangible ancestral presence. Provenance was researched and filmed during the artist’s residency at Partage (a Triangle Network partner), Mauritius, in 2021. Supported by LUX and using public funding by Arts Council England.
The work is presented with captions
Content note: In ‘Provenance’ (2023) a racial slur is used once in historical context.
Amanda Ramasawmy is a British born artist and designer with Mauritian heritage. Her work examines memory and displacement, methods of archiving and healing practices. Her practice mainly focuses on moving-image, using different cinematic techniques as part of the research process as well as sound and material exploration. Amanda has exhibited at and created work for Almanac (Italy), Barbican Centre, Art Night, Soho Theatre, Theatre503, Flat Time House, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and Toronto Media Arts Centre.