We have all felt like outsiders at one time or another. For many, it is a seldom and isolated experience, comforted by the knowledge that it is temporary and will pass. The assurance of a home and place of belonging can pull us back into a sense of security. For many though, temporary lasts forever. Whether the decision to leave home and homeland is sought freely or is forced, being on the outside can become an unwavering reality.
Between Suns explores this anxiety as a universal emotion that is foregrounded and heightened in diasporic experiences. In negotiating the complexities of migrational transition, many people, including the participating artists, have created identities that allow them to exist across multiple social realms. What emerges is an experience-led reflection on the politics of location, the impermanence of home, and the sense of isolation shared by those on society’s peripheries.
Through a selection of time-based works, Between Suns imparts rare insight into the personal narratives and daily rituals of the artists and their communities. The works expose the intricate layering of social realities within an everyday Australian experience and demonstrate the capacity of contemporary art to produce transformative modes of acknowledging, reconciling and healing.
Bridging past and present as well as the geographic distances that define relationships to place, the artists demonstrate creative resilience as they navigate between inherited cultural identities and new social structures. In doing so, they simultaneously inform and transform viewers’ own perceptions of home.
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.