I Am, You Are, We Are, They Are

Four Sydney artists bring to light the multicultural image of Australia - exposing the issues and questions that surround its identity.

Curated by Tian Zhang, I Am, You Are, We Are, They Are brings together the voices of Abdul Abdullah, Idil Abdullahi, Liam Benson and Amala Groom to present their givings and misgivings about identity politics in Australia.

Using personal approaches, each work extends to explore larger political and social issues – unravelling ideas of identity, representation, visibility and belonging. The use of art to make visible the less discussed topics in mainstream media adds depth to the discussion of identity. Between the four artists, works specifically explore national policies, issues or imagery; including Aboriginal Sovereignty, Islamophobia, women’s rights, refugees and the LGBTIQ community.

Whether charged and provocative or indirect in their subtlety, each work results in a balanced exhibition that explores the multifaceted nature of Australian identity.

With an engaging program (see below) I Am, You Are, We Are, They Are invites you to join the discussion of what constitutes ‘Australianness’, a topic that is as fluid and diverse as the identities that make it up.

PANEL DISCUSSION – FREE
Saturday 22 April 2017, 1.30pm-3pm
Join the artists Abdul Abdullah, Idil Abdullahi, Liam Benson and Amala Groom, exhibition curator Tian Zhang and panel moderator Mikala Tai (Director, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art) in a lively discussion about who we are as a nation.

HENNA WORKSHOP WITH IDIL ABDULLAHI
Saturday 6 May 2017, 11.30am-1pm
Cost: $10
Learn to make your own henna and enjoy a relaxed afternoon creating and applying your own designs. Find out about the use of henna in Idil’s art practice and design.

EXHIBITION
I AM , YOU ARE, WE ARE, THEY ARE
Opening Saturday 25 March 
Until 14 May
Peacock Gallery and Auburn Arts Studio

Courtesy the artists and Peacock Gallery and Auburn Arts Studio.

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