If only...

2009

If only… are two words on the cover of a piece of A4 paper folded into thirds.
On the second page is the following:
Often I don’t say what I mean.
 
I relay conversations that have passed in my head, and create new ones, more true ones.
 
I think if only… that was what I really meant to say.
 
But someone beside me giggles and says better luck next time….
 
So for practice, for record, for clarification – to re-write the past in the present and to contribute to the future – I have drawn up a way to materialise them, if not in life at least on paper.

Inside the folds of this paper there is space to write down a memory of a conversation, a moment, an encounter or event ‘as it happened’ and then to imagine and reconfigure ‘as it could have happened’.

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Read about how Alana works as an artist and mother on Spilt Milk. Listen to interviews with The Polis Project and Canvas: unframing art and ideas. Think about violent dreams of development in the north-west of Australia. And a conversation about Kashmir with Sanjay Kak.

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