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Kill Me Softly

Kill me Softly

Kill Me Softly

4 May 2024 – 28 Jul 2024

In Kill Me Softly, Iranian-Australian artist Ali Tahayori combines traditional Iranian mirror-works (Āine-Kāri) with video installation to explore themes of desire, intimacy and violence through a queer lens.

Same-sex relationships are prohibited in Iran. Many members of the Iranian queer community are forced to flee their home country. However, in many places where LGBTQIA+ rights are recognised, homophobia and transphobia remain.

Highlighting recent reports of homophobia and transphobia in sports, Kill Me Softly aims to raise awareness of LGBTQIA+ rights in many parts of the world where homosexuality is still prohibited and penalised.

Image Caption: Ali Tahayori. Kill Me Softly, 2023. Video still. Courtesy of the artist and THIS IS NO FANTASY.

Gallery Details

Counihan Gallery in Brunswick
233 Sydney Road
Brunswick VIC 3056
T: 03 9389 8622
E: CounihanGallery@merri-bek.vic.gov.au
W: Visit website

Opening Hours
Wednesday to Saturday: 11am – 5pm
Sunday:1pm – 5pm
Closed on public holidays and between exhibitions for installation.
Entry is Free.

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Gallery Info

The Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the lands where our office is located, and all Traditional Owners of country throughout Victoria and Australia. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enduring traditions and continuing creative cultures. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

We are an LGBTQIA+ friendly organisation and celebrate cultural diversity.