The Sky After Rain

The Sky After Rain tells the stories of three queer Iranian diasporas, Payam, Shyla and Shaya through a number of multi-disciplinary moving-image installations. Their lived-experiences, in a culture where it is still taboo to be queer, are brought to life with the amalgamation of recorded audios, poetry, moving images, sound design and dance. Choreographer/dancer Tara Jade Samaya’s body is used as a revolutionary medium; holding space for queer voices actively suppressed and bodies forcibly concealed.

The three-piece video installation explores overarching themes about identity, queerness, gender, family, forgiveness, resilience, hope, love and loss.

The collection entails a poem written by Payam dedicated to his boyfriend, Hasanak, and their short yet passionate relationship; Shyla’s recorded interviews about her inner self journey to understanding and accepting her identity as a lesbian trans woman whilst finding strength to forgive her family for their harsh treatment of her; and Shaya’s audio journals narrating her attempts at testing rigid gender boundaries, and the transphobic incidents which led to her leaving her motherland and family.

Exhibition Opening

Thursday 23 January 2020, 6.00pm to 8.00pm

All welcome, RSVP to gallery@manningham.vic.gov.au or on 9840 9367

When
Thursday 09 January 2020, 11.00 am to Sunday 02 February 2020, 4.00 pm
Where
Manningham Art Gallery
687 Doncaster Road
Doncaster VIC 3108
Cost
Free
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Manningham Art Gallery

Located at the entrance to MC Square, Manningham Art Gallery presents a diverse range of contemporary art exhibitions and related public programs throughout the year. See all upcoming exhibitions.

Gallery opening hours

Tuesday to Saturday
11.00am to 5.00pm

Open Sunday 2 February
1.00pm to 4.00pm

Phone number

03 9840 9367

Getting there

By car

Undercover parking available at MC Square

By bus

Manningham Civic Centre bus stop:

Bus route 907 City to Mitcham via Doncaster Rd
Bus route 902 Chelsea to Airport West
Bus route 295 Doncaster SC to The Pines SC via Templestowe

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