20th April – 5th May
Connections Art Space presents
Chantelle Key, Goran Gajic, Kosar Majani and Qurban Ali
Connections@Seventh examines the different approaches to recording and reviewing personal history(s) in multicultural Australia.Connections Arts Space (C.A.S) is a volunteer run and not-for-profit arts organisation, based in Dandenong. C.A.S was established in late 2015 to use art for a better world. The three core missions are: enhance and nurture the arts in communities; increase the ability for everyone to participate in the arts; and establishing the economic viability of the arts. SEVENTH’s collaboration with C.A.S brings artists from the outer south-east suburbs from diverse cultural backgrounds into the hub of Melbourne’s art world.
Chantelle Key creates representational narrative ink drawings on tracing paper that are layered and can be disrupted and rearranged for different readings. Kosar Majani is an experienced multidisciplinary artist who re contextualises her Persian background using pattern to deal with the concept of coverage. A prolific self taught painter from Afghanistan, Qurban Ali works in many styles across watercolour, acrylic and oil. His work aims to expose truths of the world to people via narrative and figurative illustration.Exploring innovative use of materials, Goran Gajic’s work represents the renowned inventor Nikola Tesla in relation to his life’s work.
I graduated last year from RMIT University with a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art). I’ve exhibited in group shows in Collingwood, Fitzroy and Richmond as well as being involved in the arts within the City of Casey and Cardinia Shire, where I’ve grown up.
I work with pen and ink, on tracing paper. I am intrigued by the fragility of the paper as well as the potential for layering, revealing and hiding.
I am interested in recording and documenting, and am motivated by a need to keep and map everything. A particular source of inspiration in this regard was the candid 1793 sketch by Jacques-Louis David of Marie Antoinette, as she was being transported by cart to the guillotine; the uncontrived nature of the sketch is in stark contrast to all the other posed, formal depictions of her.
This piece represents the world famous scientist Nikola Tesla as a pioneer of the modern world that still shines in our age. I see him as an idol, he was an ethnic serb who emigrated to the USA and was a true man of science whose vision could have changed the world. He died penniless and alone- the man who basically invented the “AC DC Current” as we know it today. I chose to make this portrait for the connections to my story and to my current context in Australia through the funny connection to iconic Australian band.
I was born in Iran, and moved to Australia in 2001 where I studied art for five years. In 2010 I completed a Bachelor of Fine Art majoring in painting and graduated from Monash University. 2008 I completed a certificate four in Contemporary Art at Chisholm Institute. 2004 completed Visual Art major in painting at Chisholm Institute.
The main concept in my artwork is patterns. I explore the use of symbols and patterns to convey an alternative language about culture and ethic.
Visible and Invisible Space
For comfort, protection, modesty, privacy or secrecy, humans have covered and clothed themselves in various fashions since the beginning.
This Visible and Invisible Space installation conceptually and structurally was inspired by the history and the traditional costumes and fabrics of a particular region. I aim to bring to light the tradition of veiling and choose Chador, the covering worn outside by women from my own and other cultures. In its indigenous context it is normal, accepted and expected; the women who wear it invisible, protected and respected. Outside this environment however, the chador becomes highly visible, with its normality and acceptance questioned by the mainstream culture.
In using fabric in this installation, my aim was to relate directly to the ideas of femininity, exploring the sensuality of women.
The use of black and white symbolises the colours of birth and death, mourning and wedding, ritual and power, perfection and violence, protection and respect.
Shape and form are important aspects in this art work. Circles symbolise the structure, boundaries, continuity and repetitive nature, and politics; all factors highly important in women’s everyday life.
In Afghanistan you’re not allowed to paint – if the Taliban see, you get in trouble… they’re going to kill. They have another kind of mindset.
In detention centre (Darwin), they organised painting classes. I was looking from window thinking this is not for me. One of the teachers saw I was looking and asked if I wanted to join. “Is this for me?” – “Yes you can join”. I found it was very cool. I had one exhibition and I donated many paintings to the centre there.
Sometimes when you see something, it comes into your imagination. So it depends on your imagination and mood. When I feel good I do abstract. I like to play with colours. They are totally meditation – art is a meditation. If I would’ve been a philosopher I could write something – but I don’t have many words or education. That’s why painting is good for me – to describe something – same as the writers, they imagine and then they write.When I see anything is happening bad with the animals or humans, something like that comes into my imagination. I like animals…because the humans have taken their land and their species. The people used to go hunting and kill the life of the animals to show their bravery. But it is not bravery. I pray for the wild animals, too much. Because of them we can see everything – nature always shows you…
I never learn art from anywhere – I don’t have much studies about the art. Still – I am doing it for my mind – to take images out of my mind from my past life. The paintings totally changed my life even – brings more confidence in me.