With a focus on community experience and critical moments of connectedness, Between Suns explores anxiety as a universal emotion that is foregrounded and heightened in migrant experiences. In negotiating the complexities of this transition, many people, including the five participating artists, have created identities that allow them to exist across multiple social realms.
Through a selection of time-based works and installations, Between Suns imparts rare insight into the personal narratives and everyday rituals of the artists and their communities. It exposes an intricate layering of social realities and shared existence, set against a backdrop of everyday Australian life.
Bridging the past and the present, as well as the geographic distance that defines and distinguishes cultures, these artists explore the human capacity to navigate between inherited cultural identities and new social structures.
Between Suns is our first socially-engaged and partnership-driven project with artists living and working in NSW. Also premiering as part of the exhibition the newly commissioned short film by Egyptian filmmaker Mona Ibrahim in collaboration with the Refugee Art Project. A specially curated selection of artworks by the Refugee Art Project is presented in the Cement Fondu Project Space. These artworks will be for sale with 100% of proceeds donated to the Refugee Art Project.Image Credits
Mona Ibrahim, Time, 2015, 11:36 min, image: courtesy the artist
James Nguyen, Pure Water, 2018, 4:13 min, image: Nguyen Thi Kim Nhung & James Nguyen
Khaled Sabsabi, Ali or 3li, 2005, 2 channel SD video & audio installation. Courtesy the artist.