Dua Dunia

Leyla Stevens

Dua Dunia Fri 5 – Fri 27 Feb PS Art Space Fri 5 – Fri 27 Feb PS Art Space FREE
Event info
Fri 5 – Fri 27 Feb at PS Art Space, FREE

Presented in association with PS Art Space

Dua Dunia 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. Part of an ongoing investigation into Bali’s transcultural geographies and the hidden histories that serve to destabilise its construction and representation as an island paradise, the exhibition centres around Kidung, a three-channel video installation, newly reimagined for PS Art Space. 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.

Dua Dunia recognises the way Bali has erased and reconstructed the deep memories of violence and genocide through political suppression and foreign investment, to recast the island as a tourist commodity. This plural notion underpins Leyla’s work, the historiographical nature of which concerns itself largely with the absent other of Bali’s history – the unseen, immaterial and non-human spectres that populate the island’s cultural landscape. By interweaving official and unofficial histories of 1965 with parallel narratives concerning the island’s development, tourism, the environment and globalisation, Leyla presents a counter narrative to the political innocence and romanticism of Bali in the Australian imagination.

Rachel Ciesla

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.

Time & Location

Fri 5 – Fri 27 Feb

Tue – Sat 10am – 4pm

PS Art Space


Free Event

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Thank you


  • 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.

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