A Bell Rings Across The Valley

12 April 2022 - 26 June 2022
Image: Devika Bilimoria. Courtesy the artist.

Image: Devika Bilimoria. Courtesy the artist.


12 April 2022 - 26 June 2022


Footscray Community Arts [i]
45 Moreland St, Footscray
Tue – Fri, 9.30am – 5pm
Sat – Sun, 10am – 4pm




Wheelchair access



A bell rings out across the valley. A deep resonance that begins in the Himalayas and echoes out across the Bay of Bengal, growing in vibration and meaning as it sings out. Complex and tender, a many-headed figure forms, both of alarm and joy.

Photography’s roots here can be traced to empire, anthropology and journalism. The region takes these roots and shapeshifts these understandings and new stories form. What does Contemporary Photography look like in South Asia? What stories are being told?

Five artists have been invited from across South Asia and its diaspora to speak of complex experiences of identity, heritage and change.

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  • Shivanjani Lal (AU / FIJI)

    Shivanjani Lal is a Fijian-Australian artist and curator. Her work explores personal grief to account for ancestral loss. Exploring narratives of indenture and migratory histories from the Indian and Pacific oceans, works uses story-telling, objects and video to account for lost histories and cede futures for healing. She is the recipient of the 2019 Create New South Wales Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship, was a 2020 Studio artist at Parramatta Artists Studios and the 2020 Georges Mora Fellow. Lal’s work has been shown and curated work in Australia, New Zealand, India, United Kingdom, Barbados and France.


Founding Partners
  • Bowness Family Foundation
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Major Government Partners
  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
Major Partners
  • Maddocks

PHOTO Australia respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we work and live, and the rich and diverse Indigenous cultures across what is now called Australia. For over 60,000 years, Indigenous arts and culture have thrived on this sacred land, and we honour Elders and cultural leaders past and present. This was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.

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