Leyla Stevens (AU/BALI)

A Line in the Sea

23 January 2021 - 07 March 2021
Image: Leyla Stevens, [A Line in the Sea], 2019. Courtesy the artist.

Image: Leyla Stevens, A Line in the Sea, 2019. Courtesy the artist.


23 January 2021 - 07 March 2021


West Space [i]
102/30 Perry St, Collingwood
Wed – Fri, 12pm – 6pm
Sat – Sun, 12pm – 4pm


Wheelchair access, Accessible Toilets

A Line in the Sea is a moving-image work by Leyla Stevens that contests the construction of Bali as an island paradise within the Australian imagination.

The multi-channel video is a feminist retelling of a seventies Australian cult surf-film that popularised Bali as a tourist destination. The lush, colour-saturated imagery directly references the footage of Australian male surfers as they ‘discover’ south Bali’s coastlines, less than a decade following Indonesia’s anti-communist killings that claimed 80,000 lives in Bali alone.

Using speculative and documentary modes of filmmaking, the work explores the spectral trace of Bali’s political violence and looks at the ways the Australian surfer romance wiped the island clean of past atrocities.

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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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