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Common ground of culturally diverse residents

Mon 30 April, 2018

A major art exhibition at Hatch Community Arts Space in Ivanhoe explores what local residents from vastly different cultural backgrounds have in common.

The in conTEXT exhibition features the works of five artists who came together as part of Banyule’s Arts and Culture ‘Finding Common Ground’ theme for 2018.

Artists Rushdi Anwar and Avan Anwar are originally from Kurdistan. Shar Sawari is from Afghanistan. Junko Azakawa is from Japan. Nadia Faragaab is from Somalia.

What all five have in common is that each uses text or language in their art to explore displacement, loss and hope.

Banyule Mayor Cr Mark Di Pasquale said the in conTEXT exhibition showed what we all have in common.

“The context of our language helps us understand everything we do and experience,” he said.

“But when that context is no longer there, perhaps because war removes us from our home, language can become useless - just as letters and text in the in conTEXT exhibition have lost their original meaning.

“These five artists have indeed found common ground in this exhibition which is well worth a look,” he said.

What: in conTEXT art exhibition

Where: Hatch Contemporary Arts Space, 14 Ivanhoe Pde, Ivanhoe

When: Tuesday to Saturdays, 10am-5pm, up until 12 May.

Cost: Free.