Rituals of Longing workshop with Joanna Łałowska and Laia Miret
26 June 2021 | Two sessions: 11am–12.30pm & 5–6.30pm
San Mei Gallery, 39a Loughborough Road, London, SW9 7TB
Ritual of Longing is a humble trial set of rituals which enable the practitioner and the spectator to dive deeper into their bond with another significant being, a friend. A translocated friendship works as a vessel for personal exploration, highlighting the healing power of human connection.
The hour-long workshop is an invitation to embrace friendship in dislocated time-frames. Participants will perform a meditative practice to remember friends who are physically unreachable due to unforeseen circumstances. In a globalised world affected by the current de-globalised travel system, this workshop will explore the healing power of tender and legally unrepresented relationships through a set of guided rituals. Participants will create a new relationship and history of friendship.
The workshop will take place on Saturday 26 June at San Mei Gallery, amongst the current exhibition, ONE. There will be two sessions, 11–12.30pm and 5–6.30pm and places are limited to six participants per session. Tickets are free but booking is essential.
Joanna is friends with Laia. Her work explores the idea of space through three-dimensional language; bold colours, emotional narrative and tactile rituals. She is currently a researcher at Royal College of Art in London. Her experience ranges from multi-layered spatial design to consulting and design strategy and she is committed to socially engaged projects, conscious festivals and ecological movements. She is an architect and researcher currently located in the island of Gozo, near Malta.
Laia is friends with Joanna. She is a communication designer and her interests and professional activities bounce around the politics of contemporary visual cultures and their social impact. She was Head of Art of PlayGround, a wide audience digital media outlet, and her last job consisted in directing a campaign for the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women for the Barcelona city council. She is a researcher at The Royal College of Art, London, and lives on top of the Montseny mountains, near Barcelona.