may the peacock have its call and dance
Sofia Rudi Kent
Sofia Rudi Kent is a visual media artist and researcher. Her work is a piece of institutional critique, utilising 3D modelling and archival research to investigate the paradigms and archaic conventions of the museum world. She looks to the past to uncover the issues behind the current retention of plundered artefacts and their imperial histories. In particular, she explores the ethics of ownership, as the ghosts of colonialism continue to haunt modernity. The marriage of technology and art motivates her everyday process and practice. Through the use of archives, historical records, and online resources, she uncovers the amnesia of the colonialist cycle that so informed Ireland's past.
This piece focused on one particular artefact: a Burmese Buddha that caught the attention of Sofia, together with Irish literary figure, James Joyce. Using an array of mediums, she scrutinises the history and ethics behind this relic in an attempt to give it posthumous agency.