(Postponed) Rituals of Resistance: Inner West Artists Respond To I Am Not A Virus exhibition

Cover image: Susan Chen, I’m not racist, but… (Australian Mahjong), 2021, Porcelain underglaze, photo: courtesy the artist)

Launch of Rituals Of Resistance: Inner West Artists Respond To I Am Not A Virus

Insults, violence and vandalism – Asian Australians and Asians living in Australia have been subjected to a huge increase in racist incidents since the advent of COVID-19.

Diversity Arts Australia has responded with “I Am Not A Virus,” an artist-led project to confront xenophobia and racism and provide counter-narratives to issues of long-standing racism in Australia that has intensified during Covid-19.

Sixty-eight Asian Creatives from all States and Territories in Australia have been commissioned to create new works in development, across a range of practice areas from visual arts, writing, poetry, performance, screen, audio-visual, music, comedy, and more.

Rituals of Resistance: Inner West Artists Respond To I Am Not A Virus presents the work of ten Inner-West artists commissioned through Diversity Arts Australia’s I Am Not A Virus initiative. These creatives have been commissioned to create new work across a range of mediums including visual arts, performance, screen, audio-visual and more.

In partnership with Inner West Council, this artist-led project confronts xenophobia, resists stereotypes and provides a counter-narrative to the long-standing racism in Australia which has intensified against Asian-Australians during COVID-19.

Due to Covid-safe restrictions, bookings are essential to attend the launch on Thursday, (Postponed) 2021 from 3.00pm to 4.30pm.

Exhibiting Inner West artists: Susan Chen, Fan Dongwang, Benjamin Hoh, Beryl La, Jasper Lee-Lindsay, Teresa Li, Jasmine Poole, NC Qin, Martyn Reyes and Wendy Qi Zhang.

Executive Producer: Lena Nahlous
Co-Curators & Producers: Kevin Bathman and Safdar Ahmed
Communications: Glaiza Perez and Claire CaoPresented by Diversity Arts Australia and Inner West Council, as part of the I Am Not A Virus project. Supported by Australia Council, Create NSW, Creative Victoria, Inner West Council, City of Sydney and City of Parramatta. 

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