ToGather is a major new exhibition and performance by artist Susan Hefuna that is being presented at the Whitworth (30 June – 3 September 2017) as part of Manchester International Festival.
Susan has worked on ToGather with 30 local residents, all of whom are from refugee and asylum-seeker backgrounds and have made Manchester their home. Since November 2016, the project has brought together men and women of all ages, originally from countries including Iran, Sierra Leone, Pakistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Trinidad, Cameroon, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Kuwait. The group have shared their life stories, memories, thoughts and experiences: through discussions; through symbolic and important personal objects that Susan invited them to share with the group; and through the movements they developed together.
ToGather includes a free public performance on Sunday 9 July (2-5pm). Developed with the 30 local residents and using their experiences and stories as inspiration, the performance will see the members of the group trace individual paths through Whitworth Park, joined by dancers from Studio Wayne McGregor and accompanied by a new score by Scanner.
Alongside the exhibition and performance, International Magic has worked with Susan to created a new digital experience inspired by Susan’s own drawings. On the day of the performance, the team will record the choreography and transmit the data to the gallery and website in real time to create a unique digital moving image of the dancers’ footsteps within the park, echoing and tracing their movement.
Susan Hefuna’s timely, poetic work addresses some of the most potent issues of our time: migration, movement and sensations of togetherness. Its multiple parts combine into a hugely moving whole, a work of great significance and power on this most urgent of subjects.