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I have Her Hands and I have Her Pain

Lara Chamas

Middle Gallery
9 Mar 2019–30 Mar 2019
Opening 6pm Friday March 8th

I first saw that small rug and noticed it had been worn through down the bottom where the feet and knees go. It’s my grandmother’s rug, the only thing my dad has left of her. I thought; how many times did she pray on it to wear it down the ground? How many times did she seek refuge here? How much hope, how much faith? Two years on from its first iteration shown at KINGS starting with her grandmother’s rug, I have Her Hands and I have Her Pain traces artist’s personal transgenerational memory and trauma through cultural iconography, and family lineage, and narrative.


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  • Lara Chamas is a first-generation Lebanese Australian artist, based in Melbourne. Her practise investigates sub topics of postcolonial and migrant narratives, specifically within the context of her cultural identity, using both humorous and poetic notions. Currently a completing her Master’s by research in Fine Art at Monash University, through the use of narrative and experience documentation, storytelling, transgenerational trauma and memory, myth and mysticism; her research intends to explore links and meeting points between narrative theory, cultural practice, current political and societal tensions, and the body as a political vessel.