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Destiny Disrupted

Melbourne/Naarm-based curator, writer and scholar Nur Shkembi was invited by Talia Smith, curator at Granville Centre Art Gallery in Sydney, to present an exhibition inviting consideration from an art audience and the broader community in Western Sydney. The result is Destiny Disrupted, featuring the works of Australian-based Muslim artists: Abdul Abdullah, Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Hoda Afshar, Safdar Ahmed, Elyas Alavi, Khadim Ali, Khaled Sabsabi, Omar J Sakr, Shireen Taweel, and Hossein and Nassiem Valamanesh, and Phillip George.

Sally Rees: CRONE

In 2020, three landmark exhibitions were set to open recognising an artist working in Australia through ‘The Suspended Moment: The Katthy Cavaliere Fellowship’. On 18 June 2021, the Mona iteration finally opens with Hobart-based artist Sally Rees’ ‘CRONE’. Taking shape as an installation of 17 screens, featuring hand-painted animations that communicate through ‘bird-like calls’, forming the ‘crone-dome’, the exhibition reflects on both Rees and Cavaliere’s exploration of the self and the other side of femininity that rejects conformist notions of womanhood.

Kate Mitchell: All Auras Touch

‘All Auras Touch’ is an exhibition by Kate Mitchell on view at Carriageworks this summer. Mitchell is using the main occupations list from the census data to form the framework of the project. The audience is invited to sit for the artist who will take their portrait with the AuraCam 6000 – which makes a visual representation of each participant’s aura field. The exhibition will colourfully capture the census data that transcends the noun we use to describe ourselves.
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