As the last iteration of the SALWA Gatherings organized in 2022, Homemade Seeds aims to interrogate the notion of ‘a home away from home.’ Seeking to create stories, connections and new kinships. With the peculiar circumstances that we are living in, imagining a future seems to be hard to reach.
“For us, the future is the presence of sharing a space, a meal and some gossip sessions. We want to gather so we can hold each other and feel heard. Inspired by our own personal experiences with agriculture and the preservation of food traditionally called “mouneh”, we want to develop with you care practices for the winter. Mouneh is the practice of preserving food through various techniques in order to make spring and summer crops last through the harsh winter. This process is disappearing due to, excesive consumption, import industries and a thirst that society has for immediate products.
We are gathering to ground ourselves. Through food, massage, celebration, failure and everyday living we create the near future. We hope that this last iteration can reach towards creating a community that cares and caters for one another by sharing our resources similarly to the process of Mouneh. It is about caring for collective bodies and stepping away from indivual ones in order to survive and resist. We aim to collectively explore complex and challenging issues in an accessible and dynamic way.
How would a future that centres collective care and healing look like for diasporic and migrant communities? How can we move beyond the perpetual stigma of a static migrant identity without assimilating into a homogenous group? How can our dreams of a better future guide us?
We will engage with what we have harvested so far to look towards the future and think of ways to make these futures come alive.”
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