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21 Mar 2020 - 18 May 2020 | 9.00am - 4.00pm

Artists Jomakhan Jafari and Danny Kennedy have interviewed Western Sydney residents about their dreams, and have collaborated to interpret the dreams using Persian calligraphy and photography. Each dream 'interpretation' is accompanied by excerpts of the interviews, moving statements by the interviewees about their dreams. One of the statements starts with "I dreamt I was an educated man."

Jomakhan Jafari's calligraphic works, the swirling, overlayed and repeated letters which are the hallmark of the "siyah mashq" (Persian) calligraphy style are inherently suited to describing dreams. There is hidden logic within the apparent chaos, symbols re-occur, forms appear and melt back into the blackness of the tar. The calligraphy is predominantly composed of words from the dreams themselves and are accompanied by the accomplished photography of Dan Kennedy who interprets the dreams using sites from across Western Sydney to create real images that create a sense of the fantastical or imagined.

Western Sydney is the most multi-cultural area of Sydney with large percentages of the population born overseas (over 40% in Liverpool). In dreams different places, times, cultures and ideas alternate and converge, suggesting that beyond the physical dichotomy of “here” and “there”, “then” and “now”.

Join us for the exhibition launch of A Familiar Place I've Never Seen on Saturday 21 March (2-4pm). Admission is FREE and all are welcome to attend.

Jomakhan Jafari and Danny Kennedy, Golshahr 2012. Indian ink on pigment print. 45 x 65cm.

Event Information

LocationCasula Powerhouse
Arts Centre

Duration9-5pm on weekdays
9-4pm on

AgesAll ages

CostFree admission

Phone02 8711 7123


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