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Raqs Media Collective: Not Yet At Ease

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    Firstsite, Lewis Gardens High Street, Colchester, CO1 1JH
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    28 September to 20 January
    10:00am to 5:00pm
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    Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
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    January 20th 2019 at 10:00am
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Raqs Media Collective: Not Yet At Ease
‘Not Yet At Ease’ explores the history of psychological disorders resulting from conflict and the stigmas attached to them. Using poetry and performance, this immersive artwork is inspired by letters written by soldiers during wartime. The internationally renowned, Delhi-based Raqs Media Collective have based this new work on their theory that the symptoms of ‘shell shock’ were first observed by military censors, who noticed a tendency among some Indian soldiers to break out spontaneously into ‘poetry’ in the letters they wrote from battlefields, barracks and hospitals. ‘Not Yet At Ease’ gives voice to these words. This major commission reworks letters, photographs and documents dating back to the First World War. Innovative video and sound installations tell the story of the condition known at the time as ‘shell shock’ and considers how attitudes have changed towards those who carry the psychological burdens of war.

Chelmsford Weekly News