Next Wave 2018: Daydreamer Wolf – Elyas Alavi
How is it possible to understand the trials and realities of the refugee experience? In this cross-disciplinary exhibition, artist and award-winning poet Elyas Alavi documents his experiences through personal, playful and mythological lenses. Evoking issues of identity, memory, migration and displacement, he offers a deeper understanding of his trials as a Hazara refugee, artist and migrant to Australia.
Here, Alavi finds a new voice in the English-speaking world through expressive installations that reveal unseen experiences of Afghan minorities, offering a compellingly rich and faceted take on his extraordinary life experiences. Comprising artefacts, painting, poetry and video, the exhibition will be accompanied by collaborative performances with Alavi performing his poetry alongside local experimental musicians.
Persian Poetry reading
Sunday 20 May 2pm – 3.30pm, St Heliers Street Gallery
Auslan-interpreted performance, Saturday 5 May 5.30pm, St Heliers Street Gallery
Friday 18 May 6.30pm, Chapter House Lane, Melbourne
About The Artist
Elyas Alavi is a visual artist and poet based in Adelaide. Alavi was born in Afghanistan, moved to Iran as a child following the intensification of war in his homeland and in late 2007 he moved to Australia as refugee at risk.
Alavi graduated from a Masters by Research (Visual Arts) at the University of South Australia in 2015 and has exhibited nationally and internationally including IFA Gallery (Kabul), Niyavaran Gallery (Tehran), Jugglers Art Space (Brisbane), The Walker Street Gallery (Melbourne) and CACSA Project Space and Fontanelle Gallery (Adelaide).
Alavi is also an internationally renowned poet. He published three poetry books in Iran and Afghanistan. His first book 'I’m A Daydreamer Wolf' was published in 2008 in Tehran, followed by 'Some Wounds' in 2012 in Kabul and 'Hodood' in 2015 in Tehran.
He regularly runs art and poetry workshops in community centres and schools in Adelaide. He visits many issues in his works, but mainly memory, displacement, exile, social justice, gender issues, separation and the human nature.
'Daydreamer Wolf' is a Next Wave x ACE Open and First Draft co-commission and has been assisted by Abbotsford Convent, Chapter House Lane and the Australian Government through Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, Arts South Australia.
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