آواره و پیدا
ÁVÁREH & FOUND EXHIBITION
Avareh آواره & Found is the Second Generation Collective's debut Major Exhibition. A labour of love, it is the result of a year-long creative process which has shaped the establishment of the Collective and its mission.
Áváreh آواره & Found is a visual poem; a creative expression that bears witness to the lived experiences of First and Second Generation Iranian-Australians. Curated by local artists Asha Kiani & Elham Eshraghian-Haakansson, the exhibition is a culmination of works by the Second Generation Collective. Using multi-modal art forms, Áváreh آواره & Found explores the journey of the First Generation who fled Iran during the 1979 Revolution, and their children, the Second Generation, who have grown up in Boorloo, Western Australia. The artists have passionately engaged with their community over a year-long process, unwrapping the stories of their families who navigated imprisonment and execution due to religious persecution during dramatic socio-political shifts implemented in Iranian culture. Hearing from their elders, parents, grandparents and peers, the Collective has used The Arts to disentangle the complexities of growing up as Iranian-Australians with a dual-identity, a complex cultural heritage, and a yearning to identify with ‘home.’
Áváreh ( ‘آواره’ ; meaning ‘homeless’ in Farsi) and Found, searches for the meaning of home - with all its nuances. What is home? Is it the place you are born? The birthplace of your ancestors? Is it what is determined on your passport or where you grew up? What is home when you are no longer wanted? When it is no longer safe? The art weaves archival and contemporary motifs to represent the sliding door moments between freedom and execution, the loss and recollection of memory in historical and existing trauma and the tension experienced from assimilating whilst grappling with feelings of ‘otherness.’
Áváreh آواره & Found culminates in an immersive experience as viewers migrate within the unique architecture of the historical PS building. Amidst the pillars of the gallery, truths are inimitably unveiled through the threads of video art, live performance, audio works, paintings, sculpture and the archival. Each element confronts the notion of the ‘passive bystander,’ inviting the viewer to reflectively walk amongst the vulnerability and courage of personal stories that shape part of the Iranian-Australian Community of Perth, Boorloo.