Migration requires courage and comes with great challenges. For many artists, it also brings new histories, cultural materials and artistic techniques with which to work.
As they weave these elements into their work, artists open dialogue between individuals, generations, communities and cultures – thus shifting our perspectives on issues faced around the world by displaced or dispersed people.
Mona Hatoum, a Palestinian born in Lebanon and based in London, wears down the weave of a rug to offer a rescaled map of world power. Its title invokes Bukhara, an ancient city on the Silk Road trade route.
Trained in Pakistan in the tradition of Persian miniatures, Melbourne-based artist Rubaba Haider uses ‘exquisitely fine’ brushwork to unveil the fragility of human connections.
Sydney-based Indonesian artist Jumaadi travelled with some of these drawings for more than four years, connecting memories, objects and encounters through the act of drawing.
Bearing evidence of a damaged past, Gill’s cluster of improvised toy-like vehicles suggests mass movement or migration. What is their direction or destination?
4479 bone-shaped sculptures spell out the compelling speech Gandhi gave in 1930 before beginning his walk to Dandi to protest the British Raj salt laws. To read the lines of Jitish Kallat’s work, you must walk with it, pondering Gandhi’s legacy of non-violent protest in the present.