30 March - 12 May 2013

30 March to 12 May

10am to 5pm

5 April, 7pm

Artist Talks
6 April, 11.30am



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Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre presents


Landlock explores a parrallel relationship between Afghanistan and Australia: one is geographically defined by surrounding land mass; the other, completely surrounded by sea. The exhibition aims to highlight that such differences have produced a shared dialogue about the political, social and physical environment occurring between the two regions.

With the growing population of Middle Eastern communities in Australia, especially in Liverpool and South West Sydney, Landlock will reflect the stories of a significant Middle Eastern culture that is unique to this region through contemporary artworks and artist-initiated community engagement processes. This notion of storytelling and the importance of documenting shared experiences is an integral theme that will be investigated. A sense of displacement and identity permeates the exhibition, challenging the audience to question their own place and purpose.

Artists include: Khadim Ali, Rusdi Anwar, Sanaz Fotouhi, Andrew Garton, Nasim Nasr and Amin Palangi.

Landlock will also be complemented by Shaun Gladwell’s recent contemporary vision as the official Australian war artist in 2009. Gladwell’s war art focuses on ordinary soldiers in harsh landscapes, on their physique, their inner world and the training and rituals that shape them. The subjects depicted here, whether on military bases in Afghanistan, the Middle East or Australia, lie at the centre of the artist’s meditations on the role of technology in modern war and the nature of sacrifice and death.

Khadim Ali, Haunted Lotus, 2012, watercolour, gouache and ink on wasli paper, 75cm x 75cm. Image courtesy of the artist.

Teachers Preview The Landlock Teachers Preview will be held Tuesday 2 April, 4 to 5pm. For bookings to the preview contact our Education Officer on 9824 1121 or

Artist Talks

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre presents the Landlock artist talks. Join us as we present Landlock artists as they discuss; their work, their practice and process, themselves and the context of the work in Landlock

When Saturday 6 April, 11.30am