Like a Shadow, I Am and I Am Not, 2015
Installation (safety pins and thread)
Artist | Rubaba Haider was born and raised in Quetta, Pakistan, and her ethnicity is Hazara-Pakistani. Now based in Melbourne, her earlier works take the Persian miniature technique of pointillism and incorporate it in a more contemporary form by taking inspiration from everyday objects and painting them using traditionalist techniques. The concept behind her body of work is deeply rooted in the experience of witnessing her mother undergo invasive surgical treatment, and nursing her through to recovery.
Artwork | Haider’s new work Like A Shadow, I Am and I Am Not (this title coming from the poetry of Persian Sufi-Saint Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, or Rumi) experiments with installation and performative art, and is inspired by objects from her mother’s sewing kit. Haider also applies objects of her culture – traditional Hazara music that grows to merge with Western classical music and back again, reminiscent of her new and old roots in both worlds.
April 30-July 16
Presenting nine young artists from Muslim backgrounds whose otherwise diverse work is tied together by their common experiences of being Gen Y and Muslim in modern Australia.
Everlastings from Marilyn and Elvis
(Spirit Photographs) series, 2010
Lightjet photograph, 70x100cm,
The University of Western Australia Art
Collection, University Senate Grant, 2014. Copyright and courtesy of the artist.
Artist | Senior contemporary artist Miriam Stannage (born 1939) is a relentless innovator. Her practice is founded on a deep intellectual engagement with, and curiosity about the challenges and nature of contemporary life. For the last 50 years, she has produced works that resist easy categorisation.
Artwork | Stannage playfully recontextualises images of pop culture icons Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley, placing the figures in Kings Park during wildflower season.
Survey 2006 - 2016 Miriam Stannage
July 30-September 24
Miriam Stannage makes use of everyday objects to offer commentary on fame,
and the fragile and transitory nature of our time on this planet. Major photographic series will be on display.
Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
Located within UWA’s grounds, the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery presents four seasons each year of innovative and varied exhibitions featuring contemporary and historic art. All exhibitions are free to enter. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 5pm.
University of Western Australia
35 Stirling Highway, Crawley
(08) 6488 3707, www.lwag.uwa.edu.au
Mowaljarlai Vision and Voice April 23- September 17
Here&Now16/GenYM April 30-July 16
Julie Gough: Collisions April 30-July 16
Miriam Stannage: Survey 2006-2016 July 30-September 24