wani toaishara (DRC/NZ)

a most beautiful experiment

01 March - 04 May
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Image: wani toaishara.

Using the Black gaze to challenge Black representation. 


01 March - 04 May


West Space [i]
Level 1 Perry Street Building, Collingwood Yards,
30 Perry St, Collingwood
Wed – Sat, 11am – 6pm


Indigenous Futures


Wheelchair access



In his new work, wani toaishara responds to artist Jean Depara’s documentation of Kinshasa’s nightlife through film installation, blending past and present in a form of temporal collapse. It is an attempt at materialising Black life, love, and resilience as art forms in and of themselves, democratising access to the tools of freedom-making, and claiming necessary space in which to unpack liberation as both an independent and a collective act.

toaishara is a Congolese artist whose works span various mediums including photography, performance, installation and film. His practice explores Black life and representation, dislocation and Indigeneity as well as the effects of colonialism on Africa and its diaspora, often using his personal history to create intimate and personal works. The use of urban spaces in his films is significant in the way he transforms banal spaces into dramatic stages for exploration and reflection.

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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.

01–24 March