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We Are All Affected Exhibition Launch, Panel and Q&A

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Peacock Gallery and Auburn Arts Studio

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1.30pm Exhibition Launch - WE ARE ALL AFFECTED

2.30 pm Discussion Panel and Q&A

ABOUT THE DISCUSSION PANEL

We Are All Affected - On Reflection; Art and Anxiety

Join academic and Walkley Award Winning artist Safdar Ahmed in a curator led discussion with a stellar line up of artists and writers as they creatively and intelligently explore notions of anxiety in relation to the current exhibition. This intriguing panel conversation is followed by an open audience Q&A.

Moderator: Dr Safdar Ahmed

The panel includes award winning artists Abdul Abdullah, Abdul- Rahman Abdullah, Khaled Sabsabi and Idil Abdullahi; along with writer and top ten 'deadly' blogger Eugenia Flynn and Melbourne based independent curator and writer Nur Shkembi.


ABOUT THE EXHIBITION - 16 September - 22 October 2017

We Are All Affected is a two-part exhibition series which sensitively and intelligently explores notions of anxiety within the framework of the duality of the Australian Muslim experience. The art featured draws on the practice of eight culturally diverse artists from a recently formed collective of contemporary Australian Muslim artists, curators and writers known as Eleven. These artworks provide a personal insight by each of the artists in relation to what is fast becoming a culturally specific form of anxiety; one which is ostensibly related to the current socio-political climate - Islamophobia and the unique social, emotional, political and intellectual pressures that exist within this framework.


Within the collection of works on display, which include photography, video installations, sculptures, ceramics and interactive/experimental practice, We Are All Affected essentially place these conversations into the heart of our community and we warmly invite you, the audience, to reflect or respond to the dialogue present. With this timely and topical exhibition, there is a unique opportunity to engage in conversation with the artists and the works.


The communion of voice and the intimate nature of experiences related to anxiety, as shared through the contemporary practice of the artists, is both an act of vulnerability and affirmation; one which invokes a type of creative reflection or reclamation of the often negatively framed public conversations about Australian Muslims.


With these personal and critical reflections, the artists and writers who have contributed to this exhibition endeavour to offer new ways of seeing and understanding through the universal language of the arts.


Artists featured: Abdul Abdullah, Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Idil Abdullahi, Cigdem Aydemir, Rusaila Bazlamit, Khaled Sabsabi and Abdullah MI Syed


Exhibition writers: Nur Shkembi & Eugenia Flynn


This exhibition is part of The Big Anxiety - Festival of Interactive Arts produced by UNSW – National Institute for Experimental Arts in partnership with Cumberland Council and Fairfield City Council.


Gallery hours are 11am to 4pm Tuesday to Sunday.

For more information contact the gallery on 8745 9794 or peacockgallery@cumberland.nsw.gov.au or www.cumberland.nsw.gov.au/arts



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