Artist: Sonia Zymantas
Footscray has a strong, proud history of migrant culture.
Sonia Zymantas draws on her Greek heritage to examine cultural women’s traditions through a feminist lens.
In Greek custom, it was cultural practice for mothers to use traditional textile crafts on collected linen for their daughter’s glory box in preparation for marriage and as a rite of passage.
These traditions are no longer relevant to the contemporary aspirations of younger generations, yet have not been replaced with more empowering traditions for cultural preservation.
Sonia re-purposes women’s craft to create new and more personal traditions for women and to challenge observed casual gendered language experienced by women in patriarchal cultures.
The Dowry Project is part installation, part performance, using embroidered text on handed down dowry linen to generate discourse on cultural themes that are often left unspoken.
Women of all cultures are invited to join her for one on one embroidery and conversation sessions to redefine the meaning of cultural practice in a feminist context.