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SHIVANJANI LAI: Mere Porvaj (I am remembering)


SHIVANJANI LAI: Mere Porvaj (I am remembering)

31 May 2024 – 25 Aug 2024

In 2023 Linden New Art launched JUNCTURE, a major new art prize for Australian mid-career contemporary artists. Two artists are each awarded $20,000 to support their practice, and twelve months in which to develop new work to be presented as a solo exhibition at Linden 2024. The inaugural winners of the prize were Shinvanjani Lal and Vittoria Di Stefano.

Shivanjani Lal is a Fijian-Australian artist and curator whose work uses personal grief to account for ancestral loss. She uses storytelling, objects and video to account for lost histories and to explore narratives of indenture and migratory histories from the Indian and Pacific oceans. Lal’s work acts as a guide through lived and imagined narratives, attempting to decipher what is lost and the possibilities of futures. Lal’s work is grounded in truth telling and a questioning of art history.

Mere Porvaj (I am remembering) speaks to the history that has been forgotten, the labour of women, and the love of a land that continues to hold them. Incorporating print making, textiles, objects and a song that holds it all together, this exhibition presents a meditation on who gets to remember but also small moments of joy and prayer that allow a community to continue and persist.

Image: Shivanjani Lal, Mere Porvaj (Land in there bodies) 1, Eucalyptus Oil Transfer Prints on Rice Paper made on Wulgurukaba of Gurambilbarra and Yunbenun land.

Gallery Details

Linden New Art
Boonwurrung Country
26 Acland Street
T: 03 9534 0099
E: gallery@lindenarts.org

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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.

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