Migration inspires new art exhibition


A new exhibition exploring contemporary issues of displacement and forced migration will open next week at Redland Art Gallery, Capalaba.

Created by Iran-born, Brisbane artist and 2013 Doctor of Visual Art Candidate at Griffith University, Hesam Fetrati, 1001 Nightmares will showcase more than 12 large drawings from Saturday 24 June to Tuesday 8 August 2017.

1001 Nightmares is Hesam Fetrati’s interpretation of the distress caused through the common, often harmful and global activity of displacement. Works in Fetrati’s exhibition address contemporary issues of diaspora, hope, despair and the hopelessness associated with the act of displacement.

Fetrati uses satire in this collection of drawings to comment on issues of forced migration. The works start with a narrative form in which Fetrati weaves his understanding of the mental states of mind and physical hardships endured on the journey from one state of mind/place to another.

The exhibition coincides with two coastal Queensland inspired exhibitions at the gallery’s Cleveland location, with Island Made and Ruby and Hunter: Claudia Moodoonuthi on show until Sunday 13 August 2017.

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