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  1. Leyla Stevens
    A Line in the Sea
    2019
    3 channel video, stereo sound, 9:45 minutes.
    Performers: Bonne Gea & Dhea Natasya
    Camera Operators: Wayan Martino; Leyla Stevens
    Camera Assistance: Medy Mahasena
    Water camera operator: Paul Baker
    Sound Design: Tim Bruniges
    Editing: Leyla Stevens
  2. Mashara Wachjudy
    Always
    2020
    Photographic archival prints, brass frames, glass bricks
    Dimensions variable
"A LINE IN THE SEA"

A Line in the Sea is a moving-image work by Leyla Stevens that contests the construction of Bali as an island paradise within the Australian imagination. The multi-channel video is a feminist retelling of a seventies Australian cult surf-film that popularised Bali as a tourist destination. The lush, colour-saturated imagery directly references the footage of Australian male surfers as they ‘discover’ south Bali’s coastlines, less than a decade following Indonesia’s anti-communist killings that claimed 80,000 lives in Bali alone. Using speculative and documentary modes of filmmaking, the work explores the spectral trace of Bali’s political violence and looks at the ways the Australian surfer romance of wiped the island clean of past atrocities.

Presented in partnership with PHOTO2021

Supported by the City of Yarra

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"ALWAYS"

Mashara Wachjudy contemplates and leans into loss in a new work that takes comfort in careful arrangements of past and recent work. Occupying the West Space Window,  Always reflects on the tensions between the accumulation of time and the importance of remembering. Sculptural and photographic, the work is comprised of framed digital prints supported by sculptural structures made from glass bricks. Through these materials, the artist explores the architectural nature of memory and time.

Presented in partnership with PHOTO2021

Supported by the City of Yarra

Leyla Stevens is an Australian-Balinese artist and researcher who works predominantly with moving image. Working within modes of representation that shift between documentary and speculative fictions, her work deals with notions of counter histories and alternative genealogies. Recent exhibitions and selections include: Their Sea is Always Hungry, UTS ART, Sydney 2019; 2014 NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship, Artspace, Sydney; the 2018 John Fries Award at UNSW Galleries Sydney; BEAUT 19, Triennale of Unwhere, Brisbane 2019; Of Love and Decomposition, Firstdraft, Sydney 2016; 2014 NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship, Artspace, Sydney; and SafARI, Sydney 2014. She is currently undertaking doctoral research at the University of Technology Sydney, which has been supported in part by an Australian Postgraduate Award. Upcoming solo projects in 2020 include a new moving image commission for Mosman Art Gallery in May, curated by Katrina Cashman; and Dua Dunia, curated by Rachel Ciesla at PSAS in Fremantle. Upcoming group shows in 2020 include: ‘I am a heart beating in the world’ at 4a Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, curated by Mikala Tai in partnership with International Curators Forum (UK); and ‘South/East Interference’, at Bega Valley Regional Gallery curated by Iain Dawson.

 

Mashara Wachjudy’s practice is a consideration of memory and cross-cultural experience. Documenting places lived and passed through, Mashara’s work observes the physical and emotional relationships we have with landscape and place. Recent exhibitions include group shows ‘Breathing Room’ and ‘looking here looking north’ as part of Woven Kolektif at Cement Fondu and Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre; as well as ‘Too Tired’ slideshow exhibition at Vermont Centre for Photography curated by Tara Wray of Too Tired Project; and ‘Outdoor video projection’ exhibition in Kandija bay, Croatia, curated by Ela Projects (Athens). Mashara’s solo exhibition ‘I walked forward to the west’ was presented at Bus Projects in August, 2017. She has also exhibited extensively in Melbourne and Sydney in both gallery and alternative spaces including Firstdraft, Bus Projects, Casula Powerhouse, Seventh Gallery, Cement Fondu, Down/Under Space, Collingwood Arts Precinct, The Honeymoon Suite and Verge Gallery.