Off by Heart and Out of Breath - A Silva Rerum, Wendy Morris

Availability: In stock

€25.00
OR

Quick Overview

In the summer of 2014 Wendy Morris walked from the north of France to Vlissingen in the south-western Netherlands, looking for traces of her Huguenot ancestors, who in the 17th century took this route to escape religious persecution; eventually, they were to find a new home in South-Africa. In her search for traces of her refugee forebears Morris could find brief histories of them after they arrived at the Cape of Good Hope, but no traces of them leading up to their departure from Europe. She could find no letters exchanged between relatives, no documentation of lands or property lost, no narratives of escape handed down through the generations. To remedy the absence of narratives and a sense of discontinuity with this history Morris set off on a project of recuperation. She started to compile a silva rerum for the families that had fled France. The term silva rerum, a ‘forest of things’, originated in Roman times to describe a work encompassing different genres of writing. In 17th century in Poland it re-emerged as a description of a family chronicle designed to provide continuity between the generations. Off by Heart and Out of Breath – a Silva Rerum is a ‘living book’ that merges traces of the past with experiences in the present, and invites entries in the future.  


Item:MER-1201

Double click on above image to view full picture

Zoom Out
Zoom In

More Views

  • Item:MER-1201

Details

In the summer of 2014 Wendy Morris walked from the north of France to Vlissingen in the south-western Netherlands, looking for traces of her Huguenot ancestors, who in the 17th century took this route to escape religious persecution; eventually, they were to find a new home in South-Africa. In her search for traces of her refugee forebears Morris could find brief histories of them after they arrived at the Cape of Good Hope, but no traces of them leading up to their departure from Europe. She could find no letters exchanged between relatives, no documentation of lands or property lost, no narratives of escape handed down through the generations. To remedy the absence of narratives and a sense of discontinuity with this history Morris set off on a project of recuperation. She started to compile a silva rerum for the families that had fled France. The term silva rerum, a ‘forest of things’, originated in Roman times to describe a work encompassing different genres of writing. In 17th century in Poland it re-emerged as a description of a family chronicle designed to provide continuity between the generations. Off by Heart and Out of Breath – a Silva Rerum is a ‘living book’ that merges traces of the past with experiences in the present, and invites entries in the future.  

Additional Information

Available? Available
Publication date Apr 26, 2016

Be the first to review this product

Product Tags

Use spaces to separate tags. Use single quotes (') for phrases.