all projects Lake Grace: Michelle Slarke

Project Title:
Point of Slaughter

Artists:
Michelle Slarke

Community:
Lake Grace

Partner:
Lake Grace Artists' Group & Lake Grace Multi Artspace


Conceived by Michelle Slarke, Point of Slaughter evolved from the Lake Grace residency of Dutch artists, Wouter Osterholt and Elke Uitentuis, and their project to explore the issues around live sheep export.

In November 2010, Michelle, Wouter and Elke travelled to Bahrain for Eid al Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) and conducted research and interviews with Bahrainis and Australians about the sheep trade between the two countries. In the year since,live export has become a most contentious issue in Australia. Slarke's Point of Slaughter looks at theback story to the debate and the complexities of the trade and cultural relationships of the people at each point of the journey, including her own community.

Point of Slaughter is told through fiction informed by a personal perception of place and through the words and lived experiences of farmers, animal welfare activists, the sheep industry and community members from Bahrain and Australia, who rarely, if ever meet. The book examines the close up and distant views of what is local; of how to stand to the side and, as much as possible, to see other points of view.