One of the features of DARK MOFO is the Ogoh Ogoh.

It is a demon like sculpture, common in Balinese Hinduism. People write down their fears, and feed them to the ogoh ogoh. At the end of the festival, the ogoh ogoh is paraded along the street and cremated in ceremonial smoke, fire and noise.

It has taken me a couple of years to get used to this idea, but right now, with everything going on in the world, it felt right to put my fears on paper, give them to this stunning sculpture based on the extinct Tasmanian Tiger, the Thylacine, and watch them go up in flames.

This evening, we joined the parade and “the burning”.

Although it originates from a very different culture and religion to my own, it felt remarkably calming and therapeutic to be a part of this ceremony.IMG_1239 (1)IMG_1370IMG_1380IMG_1384IMG_1390IMG_1418IMG_1241