looking here looking north
Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney. February 2019.
Group exhibition alongside Alfira O’Sullivan, Ida Lawrence, Kartika Suharto-Martin, Mashara Wachjudy and Sofiyah Ruqayah, with an accompanying essay by Leyla Stevens.
looking here looking north is an exhibition by Woven, a collective of artists who each have continuing personal ties to Indonesia. Drawing on lived cross-cultural experiences, memories and observations in Indonesia and Australia, the artists’ works explore connections to family, place and culture, both familiar and unfamiliar. For some of the artists, their creative process provides an opportunity to strengthen these connections; for others, the work itself is a place to reflect on feelings of 'between-ness' or cultural and geographic disconnect. Other works share poetic and humorous responses to the complex and sometimes surprising realities of contemporary Indonesia, including Bali’s tourism hubs. In this exhibition, the artists express these stories, observations, meditations and imagined possibilities through performance, painting, installation, photography and video.