Presented in association with PS Art Space
Dua Dunia (Dual Worlds) is the first solo exhibition in Perth by Australian-Balinese artist Leyla Stevens, whose work engages with historical memory, places and archives using moving image, photography and objects.
Focused on the far-reaching consequences of the 1965-1966 anti-communist purges in Bali, Stevens sensitively works with the layered complexity of transcultural geographies and (largely repressed) histories defining the site's discordant realities. Honouring the persistence of trauma that emanates from the haunting presence of mass graves in Bali - that are just one consequence of this tragic period - Dua Dunia inducts audiences into a deepened awareness of the ways in which the place comes into fractured being in the affective zone between its increasingly urbanised topology and its psycho-geographical wounds.
The show centres around the three-channel video installation Kidung. In this work, a ballad of witness and testimony, sung by Cok Sawitri, is interwoven with the image of the banyan tree. The site of a mass grave in south Bali, this banyan tree is a record of time, a marker of unseen spirit activity, and witness to the island's hidden histories. Extending this living archive beyond the site of Bali, to acknowledge the artist's own history of migration and existence in that 'in-between' space, the banyan tree can be seen as capable of expanding our horizons of time and space beyond the local to encompass a global future.
Making visible the connections between disparate histories and visible topographies - a banyan tree and the missing dead - Dua Dunia navigates historical memory through a spectral cartography, serving to re-frame Bali's invisible landscapes as expanded archives of place.
Fri 5 Feb 6.30 – 8.30pm
Fri 5 – Sat 27 Feb
Tue – Sat 10am – 4pm
Leyla Stevens – Artist
Born 1982 in Cooroy, Australia and living and working between Bali, Indonesia and Sydney, Australia, Leyla Stevens is an Australian-Balinese artist and researcher who works predominately within moving image and photography. Her practice is informed by ongoing concerns around gesture, ritual, spatial encounters, transculturation and counter histories. Working within modes of representation that shift between the documentary and speculative fictions, her work deals with a notion of counter archives and alternative genealogies.
Recent exhibitions include her solo presentations Their Sea is Always Hungry, UTS Gallery, Sydney, Australia (2019) and Of Love and Decomposition, Firstdraft, Sydney, Australia (2016) and group exhibitions Breathing Room (collaboration with Woven Kolektif), Cement Fondue, Sydney, Australia (2019), BEAUT 19, Brisbane & Elsewhere Art UnTriennial, Brisbane, Australia (2018) and the John Fries Award, UNSW Galleries, Sydney, Australia (2018).
Rachel Ciesla – Curator
Rachel Ciesla is a curator based between Boorloo/Perth and Birraranga/Melbourne. Her practice leverages site orientated and socially engaged approaches, to address questions of memory, place and identity within contemporary art. Rachel is currently the Associate Curator, Projects at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. She has previously held positions at PHOTO 2021, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne Art Fair, Artsource and the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts. In 2020, she cofounded Heart of Hearts, an independent publishing house for contemporary art and literature, with writer and artist Jaxon Waterhouse. Rachel holds a Master of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Art History from the University of Western Australia.
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Tue 16 Feb – Fri 27 Feb
Tue – Sat 10am – 4pm
Conversation: On Multiplicity, Ecology & Artistic Practice
Sat 6 Feb 2 – 4pm
Join Paul Boyé in conversation with Nathan Beard, Aisyah Sumito and Jaxon Waterhouse
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- Leyla Stevens, Kidung (video still), 2019 Courtesy the artist
- 'Dua Dunia' has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.