Tracing Transcendence

Shireen Taweel

Look beyond the cities and the headlines and you’ll see that Islam isn’t new in Australia. Tracing back to the mid-1800s, the presence of Islamic cameleers or “Ghans” in outback Australia led to more than just train tracks and the supply of goods across arid rural terrain – the sacred sites and prayer spaces they left behind tell stories that resonate today in contemporary Muslim Australia.

Guided by a strong sense of discipline and tradition, SHIREEN TAWEEL’S installation of copper, light and sound charts the history of the country’s mosques. Inspired by remote Australian landscapes and Islamic decorative arts, Taweel’s approach is rooted in cross-cultural dialogue and consideration of sacred and secular spaces. The resulting work is a delicate and meditative intersection of past, present and future.

PUBLIC PROGRAM – From Here Onwards
SATURDAY 12 May, 1pm – 2pm
Artist-led Panel discussion unpacking representations in greater Australia, ideas of local histories, fluid identities and transformations from cultural exchange.
Speakers : Hayley Millar-Baker, Phuong Ngo, Tamara Saulwick and Shireen Taweel

THURSDAY 17 May, 5.45pm – 7.00pm
Food and artists performances in the gallery during the sacred time of Ramadan. Celebrate collective of communities in the west with the simple act of a shared meal.

Presented by The SUBSTATION and Next Wave, tracing transcendence has been assisted by Create NSW, Anchor Ceramics and the Australian Government through Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

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