2022, UQ Art Museum Window Commission

“Sancintya Mohini Simpson is a descendent of indentured labourers who were sent from India to work on colonial sugar plantations in the colony of Natal (now KwaZulu–Natal, South Africa). Upon the backdrop of a stormy wavescape, the commission on the front windows of UQ Art Museum pulls a phrase from her adjacent poem ‘we carry and hold these vessels.’ Here, the word ‘vessel’ is interchangeable to mean body, water, boat, and by extension, museum, as a site of the ongoing colonial project. Simpson gestures to ancestral ‘black waters’, both consumed and embodied, but also to submerged futures due to sea-level rise.” – Blue Assembly: Oceanic Thinking, UQ Art Museum, Brisbane, 2022.

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'Vessel/Vessel (We carry and hold)', 2022, UQ Art Museum Window Commission. Photo: Joe Ruckli.

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'Vessel/Vessel (We carry and hold)', 2022, UQ Art Museum Window Commission. Photo: Joe Ruckli.

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'Vessel/Vessel (We carry and hold)', 2022, UQ Art Museum Window Commission. Photo: Joe Ruckli.

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'Vessel/Vessel (We carry and hold)', 2022, UQ Art Museum Window Commission. Photo: Joe Ruckli.

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'Vessel/Vessel (We carry and hold)', 2022, UQ Art Museum Window Commission. Photo: Joe Ruckli.

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'Vessel/Vessel (We carry and hold)', 2022, UQ Art Museum Window Commission. Photo: Joe Ruckli.

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'Vessel/Vessel (We carry and hold)', 2022, UQ Art Museum Window Commission. Photo: Joe Ruckli.

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'Vessel/Vessel (We carry and hold)', 2022, UQ Art Museum Window Commission. Photo: Joe Ruckli.

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'Vessel/Vessel (We carry and hold)', 2022, UQ Art Museum Window Commission. Photo: Joe Ruckli.

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'Vessel/Vessel (We carry and hold)', 2022, UQ Art Museum Window Commission. Photo: Joe Ruckli.

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'Vessel/Vessel (We carry and hold)', 2022, UQ Art Museum Window Commission. Photo: Joe Ruckli.

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'Vessel/Vessel (We carry and hold)', 2022, UQ Art Museum Window Commission. Photo: Joe Ruckli.

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'Vessel/Vessel (We carry and hold)', 2022, UQ Art Museum Window Commission. Photo: Joe Ruckli.

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'Vessel/Vessel (We carry and hold)', 2022, UQ Art Museum Window Commission. Photo: Joe Ruckli.

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'Vessel/Vessel (We carry and hold)', 2022, UQ Art Museum Window Commission. Photo: Joe Ruckli.

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'Vessel/Vessel (We carry and hold)', 2022, UQ Art Museum Window Commission. Photo: Joe Ruckli.

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'Vessel/Vessel (We carry and hold)', 2022, UQ Art Museum Window Commission. Photo: Joe Ruckli.

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'Vessel/Vessel (We carry and hold)', 2022, UQ Art Museum Window Commission. Photo: Joe Ruckli.

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'Vessel/Vessel (We carry and hold)', 2022, UQ Art Museum Window Commission. Photo: Joe Ruckli.

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'Vessel/Vessel (We carry and hold)', 2022, UQ Art Museum Window Commission. Photo: Joe Ruckli.

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'Vessel/Vessel (We carry and hold)', 2022, UQ Art Museum Window Commission. Photo: Joe Ruckli.

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'Vessel/Vessel (We carry and hold)', 2022, UQ Art Museum Window Commission. Photo: Joe Ruckli.

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'Vessel/Vessel (We carry and hold)', 2022, UQ Art Museum Window Commission. Photo: Joe Ruckli.