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.

Barriers to Entry

Amelia Dowling
Chloe Bensahel

06 April 2019–27 April 2019

Barriers to Entry is a joint exhibition by emerging artists Chloe Bensahel (French, US-based) and Amelia Dowling (Australian, Melbourne based). The exhibition will explore systems of labour and oppression and utilise materials that explore fluidity and radical
softness. The artists will present textiles, installation and performance works which investigate the deconstruction of physical, psychological and emotional barriers and how materials carry memory and can be used to reclaim narratives. Through the lens of cross-cultural dialogue and interdisciplinary collaboration, the artists’ work is inextricably linked through its use of materials and the exploration of societal norms concerning language, power and identity.


Read the wall of nos
Read the corresponding essay by Sophie Cai: Barriers to Entry essay

Chloe Bensahel, 2017, Arrive, Wool embroidery on handmade kozo paper, 100 x 60 cm.

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  • Dowling is a Melbourne based textile artist who uses embroidery, collage and text to explore concepts of vulnerability, materiality, memory and personal narrative. Trained in fashion design and art history, the artist places everyday and vintage ephemera alongside subversive details and language, contextualizing works through their emotive titles. The result is a study of radical softness, healing and humour interwoven with personal experiences of grief, anger and emotional labour.
  • Rooted in textiles, performance, and installation, Chloe Bensahel’s work presents alternative cultural narratives inspired by her family history of migration. Trained in textiles at Parsons the New School for Design in New York, Bensahel has shown around the USA, in France, and in Japan. She is currently completing a residency at the Manufacture des Gobelins (National Tapestry Workshop) in Paris.