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Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre


As part of Public Programing for The 65th Blake Prize, artist Yuhana Nashmi will create Sh-ken-ta, a reed and clay installation inspired by Mandaean heritage and religious practices in the Casula Powerhouse grounds.

This art installation explores the four elements of life (earth, water, fire and air) with the concept of soul resurrection as per the Mandaean mythology. This artwork symbolises the human body (mud=flesh, bamboos=bones, reeds=nerves) and also symbolises earth as a home of the soul as the body. Only three shkenta remain in the world and as such the practice is endangered. Materially this work will include red clay from local construction sites, locally cultivated bamboos, and tree trunks from local vegetation as well as human hair from local hairdressers in Liverpool.

Visitors to Sh-ken-ta will be able to witness its construction and engage in talks and events once completed.

Installation (24 May - 1 June)
10am - 4pm 
circular grassed area next to The Ceramics Studio
Free admission 


Sh-ken-ta for Blake Day 
Sunday 3 June 
10.30am - 3.30pm

Sh-ken-ta will be opening to coincide with Blake Day. Please join the artist and volunteers responsible for its creation for conversation and musical interludes throughout the day


Conversation and Mandaean Scripture Workshop with artist Yuhana Nashmi 
Saturday 9 June | 10.30am - 11.30pm
Monday 11 June | 4-5pm

The artist will be discussing the making and history of Sh-ken-ta. Participants will also get the chance to practice Mandaean scripture, with bamboo implements onto clay tablets.


Sh-ken-ta Picnic 
Saturday 16 June | 11.30am - 1.30pm
Farewell Sh-ken-ta with friends, food and music.

To celebrate the conclusion of this project join artist Yuhana Nashmi and his team of volunteers for a farewell picnic. Participants are invited to bring and share food and enjoy conversation and live music. This is a dog friendly event.


Event starts
Thursday 24 May, 2018
Event Ends
Sunday 17 June, 2018
Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
Venue Address
1 Powerhouse Rd

New South Wales, Casula

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