In discovering the key to her past, Melbourne-based photographer, Pia Johnson, explores cross-cultural differences and identity in the upcoming She that came before me exhibition at the Manningham Art Gallery.
Opening on Wednesday, 28 February, the exhibition is an artistic journey into Singapore, the birthplace and cultural history of Johnson’s maternal grandmother.
The exhibition addresses the concerns that flow from her mixed cultural background of Straits Chinese and Italian-Australian descent.
Exhibiting at the same time, is Living Poetry, an exhibition by Melbourne-based artist, Nasrin Rasoulzadeh, celebrating the powerful role poetry plays in enriching and influencing the day-to-day lives of Persians around the world.
The exhibition weaves the words of some of history’s greatest Persian poets through sculpture, light and form.
Manningham Council Mayor Cr Andrew Conlon said Manningham was a multi-faith and culturally diverse municipality.
“Our different cultures adds to the richness of our community and enables us to learn and appreciate each other,” he said.
“While people with Chinese ancestry are one of our largest community groups, people with Persian ancestry is Manningham’s fastest growing group.
“These two exhibitions explores both Chinese culture and the long history of Persians using poetry to impart compassion and express love.”
A special opening night for She that came before me and Living Poetry will be on Wednesday, 28 February, 6.00pm to 8.00pm.
For more information and to RSVP to the Opening, visit manningham.vic.gov.au/gallery or contact email@example.com or 9840 9382.
Photograph and interview opportunities are available.