To celebrate the final weekend of Paradise, West Space presents an in-conversation between Tarik Ahlip and artist Lara Chamas, facilitated by Samira Farah.
Taking inspiration from the bodies of work of these two artists, their overlapping interests and experiences, this conversation will unpack themes explored within Paradise around faith, beauty, violence, memory and the Islamic migrant experience as it occurs here in Australia.
Paradise is a meditation on ritual, the religious strictures around the act of killing for sustenance, and the migrant act of reinvention. The film considers the ethical imprint of a theologically inflected worldview, and post-Enlightenment epistemologies. This is the first short film work by Tarik Ahlip.
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About the artists
Tarik Ahlip works across sculpture, film, verse and sound; his practice considers poetics as capable of driving epistemic change. He has held solo exhibitions at Chapter House Lane (Melbourne), Alaska Projects (Sydney) and LON gallery (Melbourne). He is an artist in residence at Parramatta Artists Studios, Rydalmere. He is currently working on a series of short films about the politics of God, and a solo exhibition for Verge Gallery (Sydney) in November 2022.
Lara Chamas is a Lebanese, Australian artist, based in Naarm (Melbourne), fleeing from civil war, her parents migrated to Australia, where she was born. Her practice investigates topics of postcolonial and migrant narratives within the context of her cultural identity. Through the use of narrative and experience documentation, storytelling, transgenerational trauma and memory and tacit knowledge; her research intends to explore links and meeting points between narrative theory, cultural practice, current political and societal tensions, and the body as a political vessel. Central to her practice is the expansion of these notions in a more historical and anthropological sense. With discussing geopolitical issues, research and first-hand experience is important to the authenticity of her work.
Samira Farah is a curator, creative producer and radio presenter. She hosts The Score on Triple R.
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Perry Street Building
Floor access to the Perry Street Building can be made via the following paths. From 30A Perry Street, a footpath leads to the retail area of Perry St (UG) and courtyard. The Perry Street Lift can be accessed via 30A and 30B Perry Street, allowing access to levels 1 and 2 of Perry Street Building. From Johnston Street access to Perry St Building can be made by crossing the courtyard.
Accessible toilets are located in three areas within the Perry Street Building. On the Upper Ground Level (Level UG) the accessible toilets are located in the service corridor in the northern part of the Building. near the staircase. These toilets are open throughout event hours. On L1 and L2 the toilets are located in the northern part of the building, behind heavy manual blue double doors. All accessible toilets are equipped with manual locks, exit buttons and grab rails.