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The Chronicle Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Asylum seekers express exile in art
Mary Lynn Mather
Home: Between Here and There, an exhibition of art by asylum seekers, is
coming to Canberra in February.
A visiting exhibition of artwork by
asylum seekers has drawn a strong
response from a range of
community groups in Canberra.
Home: Between Here and There
opens on the evening of Friday,
February 19 at the Australian
Centre for Christianity and Culture
The showcase is the result of a
10-week skills development
workshop program for visual artists
supported by Settlement Services
International s humanitarian
The compelling display, which
features paintings and mixed media
pieces by eight artists wishing to
live in Australia, explores the in-
between state of their experience.
SSI s arts and culture co-
ordinator, Carolina Triana, said the
artists were encouraged to explore
the concept of home as part of
an extended mentorship initiative
with Abbas Makrab, a Sydney-
based artist from Baghdad.
While there were varied
responses and ideas, the narratives
had one element in common: they
all explored the experience of
displacement and exile .
The tension between the
homeland left behind, and the
unfinished journey to a new place
to call home is evident.
For Babak, who is also a talented
sculptor and musician, it appears as
a pull between opposing forces.
The central figure in his oil
painting is lost in darkness but
drawn to the hope represented by
He started his craft when he was
very young and said it was the
best feeling in the world ,
irrespective of what he had or
where he lived.
The ACC&C s associate director
of liturgy, the arts and spiritual
care, Susanna Pain, said engaging
with the art offered an opportunity
to explore what home means to
each one of us .
She will facilitate a
contemplative quiet day on
Saturday, February 20, and a
creative workshop and lecture is
also on the agenda.
Reverend Pain said the Refugee
Action Committee performance
group was involved in the talk by
Head of the Australian National
University School of Art, Denise
Ferris, and SSI chair Kamalle
Dabboussy will open the show at
the centre in Barton.
Members of the public will be
able to see it on weekdays between
10.30am and 4pm, from February
22 until March 4.
ALBUM: HYMNS/ARTIST: BLOC PARTY
Sombre, haunted piece characterises reinvention
This is a different Bloc Party from the
one you have heard before. Although
this British band have experimented
many times during the last decade,
with the departure of two original
members, Gordon Moakes and Matt
Tong, it seems they have quite literally
Sure, Kele Okereke s voice is still
that smooth, talkative, cockney thing
that wraps itself in your head, but this
album, which is centred on spirituality
and existential questions, is a sombre,
Drenched in religious references
and minimal electronics, this album
has a directness that is hypnotic and
intriguing. Early critical reactions have
not been favourable, but Hymns
uncoils itself before the listener with
a sense of honesty.
Only He Can Heal Me is a grimy
song with minimalist beats and the fast
and furious pace of Bloc Party s
earlier, more urgent work is replaced
by songs such as the exceptional
Different Drugs with its haunting
mood and slow pace.
For a band shifting members
and dealing with upheavals, it is an
astonishing return to form that won t
necessarily be greeted by some
The electronics intermingled with
shoegaze guitars are mesmerising
throughout, as Bloc Party have moved
away from their urgent dancefloor
manoeuvres to find more meaning
in the world.
to light up
The National Library of Australia
sported an illuminated skin during
Cross paths with impish riders atop
curious mythical hairy snails, giant
glowing jellyfish, inflatable rabbits
standing seven metres high and
glowing stilt artists in off-the-grid
Solar Bug costumes.
Enlighten will illuminate Canberra
for the sixth year in March and
transform the Parliamentary Triangle
into a hive of arts, music and
The 2016 event has a full bill of
immersive experiences, but will also
feature the return of the Enlighten
Noodle Markets and stunning
architectural projections cast on
six of the city s buildings.
From March 4 to 12 enjoy music
by Augie March, Americana band
Calexico from Tuscon, Arizona,
Wallflower, Nova Scotia, Young
Monks, Yuma X, as well as
homegrown sets by Slow Turismo,
Brother Be and the Ansah Brothers.
The range of enchanting spectacles
is designed to enable festival goers to
see Canberra in a new light.
Capture a moment and take it with
you, as this year night photography
workshops are on offer.
For the full 2016 program, see
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