The Sky After Rain tells the stories of three queer Iranian diasporas, Payam, Shyla and Shaya through a number of multi-disciplinary moving-image installations. Their lived-experiences, in a culture where it is still taboo to be queer, are brought to life with the amalgamation of recorded audios, poetry, moving images, sound design and dance. Choreographer/dancer Tara Jade Samaya’s body is used as a revolutionary medium; holding space for queer voices actively suppressed and bodies forcibly concealed.
The three-piece video installation explores overarching themes about identity, queerness, gender, family, forgiveness, resilience, hope, love and loss.
The collection entails a poem written by Payam dedicated to his boyfriend, Hasanak, and their short yet passionate relationship; Shyla’s recorded interviews about her inner self journey to understanding and accepting her identity as a lesbian trans woman whilst finding strength to forgive her family for their harsh treatment of her; and Shaya’s audio journals narrating her attempts at testing rigid gender boundaries, and the transphobic incidents which led to her leaving her motherland and family.
Exhibition CelebrationThursday 23 January, 6.00pm to 8.00pm
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Presented by Midsumma Festival and Manningham Art Gallery. This project was created by Blame the Shadows Collective and was proudly supported by Australia Council for the Arts, the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, Manningham Council’s Community Grant Program, and Access Health and Community.
Photo: Pippa Samaya