69 Capel Street, West Melbourne VIC 3003

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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.

We Are A Sanctuary

Lara Chamas
Rio Ponce
Shivanjani Lal
Tal Fitzpatrick

08 April 2017–29 April 2017

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.

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  • 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. –
  • 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”. –
  • 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.