How is it possible to understand the trials and realities of the refugee experience? In this cross-disciplinary exhibition, artist and award-winning poet Elyas Alavi documents his experiences through personal, playful and mythological lenses. Evoking issues of identity, memory, migration and displacement, he offers a deeper understanding of his trials as a Hazara refugee, artist and migrant to Australia.

Here, Alavi finds a new voice in the English-speaking world through expressive installations that reveal unseen experiences of Afghan minorities, offering a compellingly rich and faceted take on his extraordinary life experiences. Comprising artefacts, painting, poetry and video, the exhibition will be accompanied by collaborative performances with Alavi performing his poetry alongside local experimental musicians.

Image courtesy Sam Roberts

PRESENTED BY

 

With assistance of Abbotsford Convent, Chapter House Lane, HRAFF and the Australian Government through Australia Council

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WHEN

3 May 2018 until 20 May 2018
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Where

St Heliers Street Gallery - Abbotsford Convent
Melbourne

OPENING NIGHT
Saturday May 5
5-8pm

CURATOR TALKS
Saturday May 5
5.30pm

Persian Poetry Reading
Saturday May 19
2pm

OPENING HOURS
Monday – Thursday
10am-4pm
Friday
10am-8pm
Saturday
10pm – 4pm

ACCESSIBLE FOR ALL ABILITIES
Auslan Interpreted performance 5 May performance 5.30pm

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