The Portrait: A night of readings
12 May 2022
Image: Sara Tautuku Orme. Courtesy the artist.
12 May 2022
Thursday, 6pm (AEST)
Level 7/37 Swanston St, Melbourne
Wed – Sun, 12pm – 6pm
Free, no bookings required
A night of poetic responses to The Portrait by Elijah Wood and Hasib Hourani.
The Portrait, curated by Karl Halliday and Josephine Mead, is an investigation into the emerging and fluid possibilities of portrait photography and its impact upon image-making today.
Ten artists have been invited to produce ‘a portrait’ for exhibition. The artists selected work in both traditional modes of portrait photography and alternative multidisciplinary practices. By considering the medium in an expanded sense, the artists are able to contemplate, critique, and challenge the limits of what a portrait can be.
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Hasib Hourani (LB / PS)
Hasib Hourani is a Lebanese-Palestinian writer, editor, and arts worker living on unceded Wurundjeri Country. His practice disrupts expectations of place, archive, and the relationship between the two. Hasib is a 2020 recipient of The Wheeler Centre’s Next Chapter Scheme and is currently working on a book of poetry about suffocation and the occupation of Palestine. You can find his work in Meanjin, Overland, and Going Down Swinging, among others.
Elijah Money (Wiradjuri, AU)
Elijah Money (he/him) is a queer Wiradjuri brotherboy who was raised on Kulin Nations and continues to reside there. His practice includes visual art, written work, installations, performance art and more. These are done with strong recurring themes of colonialism, assimilation, skin colour, gender, mental illness, sexuality, climate change, stolen generations, identity as well as critiquing the Eurocentric western idealised structure that each person in so called “Australia” is forced to maintain.