On Friday 3 August we are launching our final project for 2012, the Bamiyarra Not So Still(s) exhibition at Melbourne’s Signal, a creative studio and gallery for young people.
Young Hazaras in Melbourne and Afghanistan have collaborated with artists Andrew Garton, Werner Hammerstingl and Yandell Walton to explore the art of the photo essay, projected video and sound in a mixed media exhibition.
Our special guest is Najaf Mazari, author of The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif and co-author of The Honey Thief.
Bamiyarra Not So Still(s) is presented by Home Lands v2, a collaboration between La Trobe University, Swinburne University, City of Melbourne Arts and Participation Program and the Cultural Development Network. Home Lands is funded by an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant, City of Melbourne and the Cultural Development Network.
Launch: Friday 3 August, 6:30pm, Signal, Flinders Walk, Northbank
Exhibition: Saturday 4 August to Saturday 11 August, from 1pm to 5pm. Screenings commence after dark.
Prior Home Lands projects incorporated digital story-telling techniques. Home Lands v2 is taking a different approach. Our aim is to produce a body of work that draws expertise and influence from current and emerging media arts practice for many platforms. More importantly, it would be audience focused at the outset.
At all levels of production we would like to share ideas and stories as much as we can with our audiences, audiences drawn from Hazara networks and communities, cultivating stories bound within agreed to themes and produced in collaboration with Afghanistanis abroad.
Production outcomes would see a mix of exhibition ready projects localised primarily in the city of Melbourne. A skills and capacity building program provided by Youthworx Media, interwoven with collaborative project work and networking, including incentives for our team of content producers such as pathways options, mentorships and access to Melbourne’s creative communities would complete the Home Lands v2 package.
The entire program would be underpinned by the key premise of cultural development; learning, innovation and creation with the addition of a recruitment program at the outset and exhibition and pathways options post-creation.
In summary, Home Lands v2 is proposed to be a high quality, mixed media production creating themed episodes produced both locally and in collaboration with international participants.