Gallery One: Towla
Deanna Hitti’s arts practice concerns the nuanced relationships between East and West and the place from which we look and construct our understandings of the world, of self and other. An Australian of Lebanese heritage, Hitti unpacks colonial representations of the Middle East on both a personal and cultural level.
An ongoing series of artists books and large scaled prints, explore the extensive visual history of 19th and 20th century Orientalism. The colonial distorted images of the Middle East, depicting Arabs as exaggeratedly different; often as under developed, inferior, barbaric, terrorists. The West in contrast is seen as rational, humane and superior. Orientalism continues to permeate and feed the complex racial problems we experience today.
Gallery Two: Identity Intersection
Sofi Basseghi, Yu Fang Chi, Vanessa Godden, Riza Manalo, Tassia Joannides and Paula van Beek.
Presented by Triple F Collective and curated by Tassia Joannides
Triple F are a collective based in Melbourne of international and local artists conducting research and creating works that contribute to the discourse on perceptions of female subjectivity.
Their exhibition for Counihan Gallery Identity Intersection is a conversation between artworks produced by six female artists from America, Australia, Iran, Philippines, New Zealand, and Taiwan. Responding to diverse cultural influences on femininity, feminism and female sexuality, this exhibition is a means of constructing a multi-national discourse on female experience across objects, screens and live performance.
Thursday 1 June 6 – 8 pm
To be opened by Cr Helen Davidson, Mayor of Moreland.
Opening remarks from Dr Barbara Bolt.
Free Public Programs:
Gender, Identity and Matriarchies:
Nadja Spiegelman and Stephanie Van Schilt in conversation
Thursday 1 June 4.30 – 5.30 pm
Join us as special guest New York based writer Nadja Spiegelman and local writer and critic Stephanie Van Schilt discuss matriarchies, gender and cultural identities and contemporary female writing.
Nadja will also be sharing a reading from her acclaimed memoir 'I am supposed to protect you from all this', a personal story of her transnational matriarchy and the complexities of individual and familial identities.
The event is free but please RSVP online
Artist & Curator talks
Featuring: Deanna Hitti, Yu Fang Chi (Taiwan) & Riza Manalo (Philippines)
Saturday 10 June, 2.30 – 4 pm
Join us for an informal discussion with exhibiting artists and curators about their exhibitions and respective practices.
IDENTITY INTERSECTION | Women, Art and Cultural Perspectives
Featuring: Vanessa Godden (North America), Sofi Basseghi (Iran) and Frances Tapueluelu
Chaired by Paula van Beek (New Zealand)
Saturday 17 June, 2.30 – 4 pm
This panel will explore the many perspectives on the ways in which art can explore the complexities of gendered and cultural subjectivities.
Image: Deanna Hitti. Artbook Volume Arba’ah (four) 2016. Cyanotype and Tannin Somerset Bookwove 175gsm, 98 pages, 52 x 35cm. Courtesy the artist.