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Kings Artist-Run provides a location for contemporary art practice, supporting distinctive experimental projects by artists at all stages of their careers.
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KINGS Artist-Run acknowledges the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we operate.

We offer our respect to Elders both past and present and extend this offer to all Australian First Nations people.

‘Homing’ in on Naarm

Ryan Naga


03 April 2024–04 April 2024

“A previous partner once told me I reminded her of a pigeon because I walk funny and eat garbage. Since then, pigeons have found their way onto my paper and into my thoughts.” 

‘Homing’ is an experimental data collection project with community at the core of its design ethos. Drawing inspiration from the pigeon’s ability to return to home locations, ‘Homing’ is centred around performative interviews on homes, houses, and feelings of (un)belonging.

‘Homing’ follows a four-step process.

  1. The guest sits down facing the artist. There is a sheet of paper between both people.
  2. The interview begins.
  3. Following the interview, the guest is asked to point on the paper.
  4. The artist draws a pigeon where their finger is.

 

 

 

One pigeon drawn = one person interviewed.

 

 


 

 

Free to attend, guests are invited to visit the gallery for a conversation with the artist. Sessions will be recorded. Video recordings or transcribed interviews may be used in the next activation of the project. Guests are allowed to remain anonymous. 

This event is hosted in collaboration with Bus Projects. For information about the event at Bus please click here.

Bus Projects: Wednesday 3rd April 12pm-5pm

Ground Floor, 7 Little Miller Street, Brunswick East, VIC 3057

KINGS: Thursday 4th April 6pm-9pm

69 Capel Street, West Melbourne, VIC 3003

To register for this event at KINGS please click here

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  • Ryan Naga (he/him) is a Malaysian-Chinese artist, educator, and designer living and working in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Having completed most of his practise in Western Australia, Ryan works from the perspective of a young person of colour looking at a space from the outside in — exploring themes of nostalgia, eagerness, language, memory, and ‘home’ as an abstract idea rather than a physical location. The artist constantly questions the boundaries between the ‘home’ and the ‘foreign’, and how these definitions can often intersect and overlap. Ryan has participated in artist residencies in the Red Earth Arts Festival (2022), Cool Change Contemporary (2022), The Blender Studios (Virtual) (2021), and has run art workshops in the WA Museum Boola Bardup (2023), the State Library of Western Australia (2021), and community high schools in Yandeyarra, WA and Karratha, WA (2022). Ryan worked as the Visual Arts Coordinator for Pigeonhole Perth’s FLOCK Festival (2022) before returning to Malaysia for his second solo exhibition at Hin Bus Depot.