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SANAA
7 FEBRUARY - 25 MARCH 2022
THE BOB HAWKE PRIME MINISTERIAL CENTRE'S KERRY PACKER CIVIC GALLERY

Gallery open Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm (Thursdays until 6pm). FREE ENTRY
Hawke Building Level 3, UniSA City West campus, 55 North Terrace, Adelaide MAP
Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and Sanaa: A Better World Through Creativity
An Adelaide Fringe Event

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sanaa exhibitionIs it true what they say, there’s no place like home?
Let’s find out.

Sanaa Exhibition, curated by Sanaa: A Better World Through Creativity, returns to the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery in 2022, featuring 15 contemporary artists exhibiting work which explores their interpretation of the theme Home. 

Australian based artists from Aboriginal, African, Iranian, Colombian and Brazilian backgrounds will showcase works alongside international artists from India, Senegal, Kenya and South Africa.

sanaa exhibitionFrom aesthetically pleasing to political, cultural and socially engaged works, Sanaa Exhibition will showcase a cross section of visual art including digital, photography, mixed media on canvas, mural art and installation.

Sanaa Exhibition, co-presented and sponsored by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and supported by Principal Partner LK, is thrilled to return with an exciting mix of locally based emerging artists as well as globally recognised names. 

Artwork Hero: Faraja Umutoni, South Australia, University of South Australia Student
Artwork Top Right: Katherine Gailer, Bottom Right: Kuki Wangui

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ARTISTS

TAILOR WINSTON, AUSTRALIA
Tailor Winston is an emerging interdisciplinary South Australian artist. Born on Kaurna Land to African American and Italian parents, Tailor explores the experiences of the human condition from the perspective of a biracial woman. Using visual art, performance, and spoken word she seeks to use these platforms and a tool to open conversations exploring decolonization, environmentalism, and spiritual identity. She invites the audience to journey within and openly engage with participatory elements of her works and explore interconnectedness through our stories and voices. 

@tailorwinston

RUHI YAGANAGI, AUSTRALIA
Ruhi is an Indian-Iranian artist based in South Australia. She studied a Bachelor of Contemporary Art at the University of South Australia, Ruhi's passion within her art practice is to create sensory experiences that uplift and engage viewers by circulating meaningful discourse. She believes that art is a beautiful channel for bringing people together and exploring meaning, as well as a means of therapy. She loves collaborating with other artists, and is hoping for more opportunities to use her enthusiasm and skills to contribute to diversifying the Adelaide art scene. 

@ruru.yaganagi 

MARJAN AFROUZFAR, AUSTRALIA
Marjan is an Iranian artist who lives and works in South Australia. Through her artwork, she explores the impacts of social and economic problems on Iranian women and their children. Marjan sees herself as an “observer and critic” and her detailed images document the issues women and children are confronting in their everyday lives. The colourful scenes take place outside and far away from the problematic circumstances of the character’s social life. Marjan utilises the “Paradox” as a tool to emphasise the outstanding issues which seem to be unsolvable. Working in acrylic on canvas, she uses rich tones that acrylic provides, giving her paintings a strong physical presence. 

@marjanafrouzfar 

CARLY DODD, AUSTRALIA
Carly Tarkari Dodd is a Kaurna, Narungga and Ngarrindjeri artist from Adelaide. She has learnt traditional weaving techniques and puts these to new use to create contemporary works of art, often combining weaving with painting and found objects to tell her story. She is committed to shedding light on the injustices experienced by Aboriginal people, choosing to award recognition to those left out of society. In this iteration of The Studio, Carly explores how First Nations people and cultures can be empowered by wearable art and regalia to be considered royal.

@tarkari.art

FARAJA UMUTONI, AUSTRALIA
Faraja Umutoni is an 18 year old Ugandan born, Adelaide raised visual artist. She is known for her digital prints inspired by African women and abstract patterns. She has always been into art, but more recently has been able to find her personal style which she hopes to further develop in years to come. She studies at the University of South Australia. 

@artbyfaraja

 

ARTISTS CONTINUED

MAISA ORTOLA, AUSTRALIA
Maisa Ortola is Brazilian artist living in Adelaide. She's passionate for art therapy. She's specialized in acrylics and painting internal murals. She believes that art helps us balance our minds, express ourselves and stimulates positive feelings for us. She is also a Creative Consultant at Carclew. 

@maisaartanddesign

JEFFERSON OFESI, AUSTRALIA
Nigerian born Jefferson Ofesi is an Adelaide based artist whose portrait photography consists of colourful imagery that is both energetic and bold. Practising photography since 2016, Ofesi is drawn to the connections of family, friendships, love, and anguish, especially the stories of minorities and people of non-Western backgrounds. Through his lens he aims to capture raw emotions that the viewer can connect with.  

Recently Ofesi has been experimenting with colour and design. In his collages the use of repetitive forms give a stark contrast from the background and create movement and depth across the work. He believes that everything should be captured through a lens similar to a story of discovery, fighting yourself and emotions from within before finally accepting who you are. He has exhibited work at Unprofessional Art Exhibition and directed and the “Magajie” Music video for Adverse Reign Entertainment. He is currently working on the photography project “Unheard”.

@jefferson.ofesi

KUKI WANGUI, AUSTRALIA
Kenyan artist residing in Adelaide, Kuki showcases her love of her culture, patterns and colour via vivid designs and captivating illustrations. 

@amani.koi

KATHERINE GAILER, AUSTRALIA
Originally from Colombia and now based in Australia, Katherine Gailer (also known as KATIRA) creates visual narratives exploring cultural identity, our natural environment, women empowerment, magical realism,  and spaces of contemporary design. She graduated with honours from a Bachelor of Fine Arts and completed an Arts Management Masters Degree– both at RMIT University. Her practice incorporates mural painting, oil painting, illustration, design and music. Her creative expression underscores a main theme that looks at the complex relationship between fragility and strength, vulnerability and empowerment. It celebrates resilience and liberation and clamours for an urgent need to restore the invisible fabric that weaves together humans and nature.

@katherine_gailer_art

EMMANUEL MADU, AUSTRALIA
Nigerian born, Sydney based visual artist Emmanuel Madu encourages flexibility in his practice. From his personal perspective, every art piece has a process, movement and message embedded in it. There is a story linked to each individual piece that requires a conversation. There is movement in the stillness of his work, be it emotion, gaze or expression that draws his audience in. 

ASHER MILGATE, AUSTRALIA
Asher Milgate’s practice responds to the historic ‘Australian’ identity and its dual history. Drawing from dual histories, Milgate discusses the intersection of colonisation and the ongoing challenges for Aboriginal people as a result. Milgate’s work is a transferal of history of lived experiences echoed through photography, video, installation and sound recordings. Milgate seeks to engage the public’s interest in the breath of the ‘Australian’ landscape, through diversity, similarity and dual perspectives.

Asher Milgate has exhibited in multiple solo and group shows in Sydney, Newcastle and regional NSW including his solo exhibition ‘Duality’ at Glasshouse Gallery, Port Macquarie and at Adelaide Perry Gallery in Sydney in 2020 and another solo exhibition at the Western Plain Cultural Centre, Dubbo in 2015. He had received numerous awards and his work is in the collection of Orange Regional Museum.

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ONYIS MARTIN, KENYA
Born in 1987 in Kisumu - Kenya, Onyis lives and works in Nairobi. In 2010, he studied art in the Mukuru Art and Craft. His work investigates the constructs of cultural identity inspired by his own reality between Nairobi and his countryside Kisumu. The issues of migration, globalization, capitalism, religion and power have always been a subject of interest for him. 

Since 2016, he has been taken part in many art fairs in Taiwan, 1:54 art fair in London and New York and residencies in Germany and Poland. He exhibits in several exhibitions in Australia and in large institutions in South Africa, including the Cape Town Zeitz Museum in 2019.

@onyismartin

SHOILI, INDIA
Shoili Kanungo is an Indian Australian artist and designer based in New Delhi. She loves telling stories through sequential imagery. Her comics have been published in journals such as The Indian Quarterly, The New Enquiry, Papercuts and Scroll.in.

Her ink and water colour drawings about women involved in Manual Scavenging were exhibited at the Fumetto Comics Festival, Lucerne, in 2019 as part of the group show Mytholithics: Graphic Art from India.

She has also made a collaborative comic with American artist Heather Dewey Hagborg and US whistle blower Chelsea Manning, about DNA and Surveillance. The work was shown in 2016, as part of the show ‘A Becoming Resemblance’ Fridman Gallery, New York.

Shoili has worked at graphic design studios in Sydney and New Delhi, and has taught design at the School of Planning and Architecture, and conducted comics workshops for Pearl Academy of Design - Ashoka University, and Artreach India.

@shoili 

KURIA JOYCE, KENYA
A female Kenyan artist, Joyce has been professionally engaged in art for five years. Every step she takes, she attempts to understand and create new techniques through practice. She works with many mediums, however focuses on ink drawings. She continues to refine her techniques and find new ways to capture the beauty around us.

@joycekuria_

BEAU GRAFF, SENEGAL
Birame MBAYE, also knows as Beau Graff, is a graffiti artist, portraitist, designer. He was born in Guediawaye in the Dakar suburbs, where he developed his creativity from an early age.

BEAU discovered the world of graffiti in 2008, influenced by his love for HIP HOP art and culture. He is part of the new generation and started drawing very early with his friend Madzoo. In 2012, he joined the RBS CREW (RADIKL BOMB SHOT), a gaffeur collective, with his team including Le LAST WALL TOUR which is a decentralized graffiti caravan, initiated by Le RBS CREW with the aim of valuing graffiti. Through their work, they let people know that graffiti is far from vandalism and that it is a form of artistic expression on the wall, communicating a message, educating and embellishing at the same time. His encounter with graffiti allows him to freely express his artistic desires after participating in various national and international festivals.

@beau.graff

SOLOMON OMOGOBYE, SOUTH AFRICA
Solomon Omolayo Omogboye is a prolific painter. His works are a reflection of his thoughts, inspiration and ideas. His choice of painting using mainly charcoal, pastel, acrylic and oil on canvas helps transform them into a fantastic variety of visual forms to communicate beauty, life as well as draw specific attention to issues. Spanning for a period of about a decade now, Solomons work has attracted international attention.

@solomon_omogboye_studio 

OLAOYE VICTOR, NIGERIA

Born in Nigeria, Contemporary Nigerian artist Olaoye Victor comes from a long line of traditional Adire local fabric practices. Following the traditional artistry, he graduated with B.A.(ED),Obafemi Awolowo University (Ace,Ondo) Nigeria in 2019.

Working predominantly in local dye, acrylics and traditional techniques, Victor is known for his technique of painting the fabric with the exact materials of which it was made (Adire) which shows the richness and beauty of his culture. His works explores relationships, identity  and transferred energies between human bodies and worn clothing’s. 

Drawing inspirations from his culture and people he captures the personality and form of the wearer transferred into clothing testifying of their emotions. His intentional erasure and bold dark silhouette with printed flowers  raises questions around politics of clothing and its role in constructing of human identity.

@victor_olaoye

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SANAA: A BETTER WORLD THROUGH CREATIVITY,
AS PART OF ADELAIDE FRINGE

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PRINCIPAL PARTNER: LK
SUPPORTING PARTNER: COMMITTEE FOR ADELAIDE

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