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.
Persian Poetry reading
Sunday 20 May 2pm – 3.30pm, St Heliers Street Gallery
5 May 5.30pm, St Heliers Street Gallery
18 May 6.30pm, Chapter House Lane
Where is home land? 2017. Image courtesy Sam Roberts
Content warning: This exhibition contains depictions of traumatic events, and contains images of people who have died.
Daydreamer Wolf is a Next Wave x ACE Open and First Draft co-commission and has been assisted by Abbotsford Convent Foundation, Chapter House Lane and the Australian Government through Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.