Elyas Alavi 'Where is home land', 2017. Still image, performance. Photo: Sam Roberts

Elyas Alavi 'Where is home land', 2017. Still image, performance. Photo: Sam Roberts

3 May—30 June

Elyas Alavi

An ACE Open interstate presentation

Location and dates:

St Heliers Street Gallery, Abbotsford Convent
1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford, Victoria
3–20 May
Mon–Sat 10am–4pm
Sun 20 May 10am–4pm

Chapter House Lane
Chapter House Ln, Melbourne Victoria
3 May–30 June
Open 24/7

Opening and performances:

St Heliers Street Gallery, Abbotsford Convent
5 May 5pm-8pm
Persian poetry reading: 20 May 2pm–3.30pm

Chapter House Lane
18 May 6pm-8pm

  • Wheelchair Access
  • Auslan

Auslan interpreted performance 5 May 5.30pm, St Helier’s Street Gallery

How is it possible to understand the trials and realities of the refugee experience? In this cross-disciplinary exhibition, artist and award-winning poet Elyas Alavi documents his experiences through personal, playful and mythological lenses. Evoking issues of identity, memory, migration and displacement, he offers a deeper understanding of his trials as a Hazara refugee, artist and migrant to Australia.

Here, Alavi finds a new voice in the English-speaking world through expressive installations that reveal unseen experiences of Afghan minorities, offering a compellingly rich and faceted take on his extraordinary life experiences. Comprising artefacts, painting, poetry and video, the exhibition will be accompanied by collaborative performances with Alavi performing his poetry alongside local experimental musicians.

ELYAS ALAVI is a visual artist and poet based in Adelaide. Born in Afghanistan, he moved to Australia in 2007 as a refugee at risk. Alavi graduated from a Masters by Research (Visual Arts) in 2016 and a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) in 2012, both at the University of South Australia. His work has exhibited nationally and internationally including Mohsen Gallery (Tehran), UTS (Sydney) and Nexus Arts (Adelaide). Alavi has published three critically-acclaimed poetry books, receiving literature prizes including The International Peace Poetry Prize (2011, Tajikistan). He regularly runs art and poetry workshops in community centres and schools in Adelaide.

Daydreamer Wolf is a Next Wave x ACE Open and Firstdraft co-commission and has been assisted by Abbotsford Convent, Chapter House Lane and the Australian Government through Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.