I Wish grapes would ripen (part one), performance art during 2018 Next Wave Festival, Melbourne. Photo Snehargho Ghosh

I Wish grapes would ripen (part one), performance art during 2018 Next Wave Festival, Melbourne. Photo Snehargho Ghosh

I Wish grapes would ripen (part one), performance art during 2018 Next Wave Festival, Melbourne. Photo Snehargho Ghosh

Saturday 13 July , 5.30pm-6.30pm

Elyas Alavi

Price:

Free, no bookings required

Location:

ACE Open and Lion Arts Centre Courtyard

Duration:

Approximately 30 minutes, beginning at 5.50pm

I Wish Grapes would Ripen (Part Three) is a unique performance that questions the demonisation of asylum seekers through the artist’s highly personal perspective on the trials and realities of the contemporary refugee experience. Drawing his own lived experiences as a Hazara refugee, artist Elyas Alavi invites audiences to join him on a collective journey that traverses the Lion Arts Centre courtyard and ACE Open gallery in a sensitive and at times playful subversion of dominant narratives around refugees and asylum seekers. The third and final iteration of the performance, previously presented at Melbourne’s Abbotsford Convent for Next Wave Festival, and at Sydney’s firstdraft, features recitals of Alavi’s award-winning poetry accompanied by improvised soundscapes devised specifically for the performance by local musicians.

This performance will take place outside. Please dress warmly.

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