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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 Traditional Custodians of the land on which we operate.

We offer our respect to Elders both past and present of the Kulin Nation and extend this offer to all Australian First Nations people

We Are A Sanctuary

Lara Chamas
Rio Ponce
Shivanjani Lal
Tal Fitzpatrick

Front Gallery
8 Apr 2017–29 Apr 2017
Opening

We are a Sanctuary explores the quality or state of refuge in artistic practice through interpretations of identity, politics, the body, and religion in reaction to existing conditions of the status quo. Works by Lara Chamas, Tal Fitzpatrick, Shivanjani Lal, and Rio Ponce allow the visitor to witness the intimacies and challenges of mediating public and private states.

The exhibition is curated by Hanann Al Daqqa, Kat Kohler and Dani Toua.

  • 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.
  • Rio Ponce is an American artist. Her practice spans a range of media including video, performance, drawing, and painting. Ponce plays with extended observation, time, intimacy, and satire to focus on simple moments and relay stories of visual poetics. She currently lives and works out of Melbourne, Australia. – www.rioponce.com
  • Shivanjani Lal is an emerging Pacific artist and curator. Born in Fiji, Shivanjani is culturally Indian. Her practice has always questioned the thematic examination of the body, gesture and ‘home’. She works with storytelling, photography and sculpture to create exhibitions, installations and video based artworks which generate an active and empathetic response from the audience towards the quiet and untold stories of the “other”. – https://vimeo.com/shivanjanilal
  • Tal Fitzpatrick is an Israeli born, Melbourne based artist, craftivist, feminist, researcher and community development worker. Fascinated by the potential of craft to solicit the sharing of stories, Tal’s works explores art’s ability to drive social change by engaging people in complex conversations and creating temporary communities. Tal takes a socially-engaged approach to making her textile works which combines the techniques of appliqué quilting and embroidery with social media and participatory art making. Tal graduated from Griffith University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts with first class honours and is currently completing a practice-led PhD at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.

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