A live poetry and art exhibition that seeks to give a voice to Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) artists.

Unheard

inSPACE Development

In this live exhibition, be challenged by listening to underground Black Indigenous People of Colour (BIPOC) voices in discussions around colourism and disadvantage, division within ethnic subcommunities, fetishisation of race, the creation and trauma and discomfort within BIPOC communties, and how this can affect the childhoods of BIPOC people, particularly women.

The imagery and movement will cause you to challenge your subconscious ideologies, and encourage you to participate in the discourses being initiated. Some parts of the exhibition will require audiences and an artist/performer to exchange questions and create a collective experience, and live models as statues will break the fourth wall between you and the artists, inviting you to engage and interact with the art rather than simply observe.

You will leave the exhibition with ideas and questions that will stir conversations.

Creative Team

Clement Rukundo
Ruhi Yaganagi
Praise Mangena
Aza Ismail
Vivana Luzochimana
Sage Munu

Creative Team Bios

Clement Rukundo

Clement Rukundo is an actor, poet, playwright, film, and theatre maker, with a strong passion for physical theatre whose work explores being an African Australian. His purpose in the industry is to give a voice to his community and the world at large. Being a multicultural person, Clement aims to give hope to other ethnic people who want to follow their passion of being a storyteller. Some of his credits include: Assistant Director on State Theatre Company South Australia show Hibernation, directed by Mitchell Butel; Director and Producer for Adelaide Fringe show Journey; Performer in HOW TO DISAPEAR COMPLETELY AND NEVER BE FOUND (Corey McMahon), TITUS ANDRONICUS (Charley Sanders), COULD BE PERFECT (Jenn Havelberg), A DOLLS HOUSE (Sasha Zahra) and A BRIGHT NEW BOISE (Christopher Pitman).

Ruhi Yaganagi

Ruhi is an Iranian-Indian contemporary artist, raised between China and Tanzania. Her passion within her art practice is to create immersive spaces that celebrate the vibrancy of cultures and stir meaningful discourse around themes of displacement, belonging, spirituality, and unity in diversity. Ruhi’s channels for creative expression range from ceramics, to charcoal, paint, jewellery, film, and spoken word.

Recently, she has been awarded the FSASA Second Year Exhibition prize for 2020, and has been a part of a collaborative underground exhibition called ‘Unprofessional Art’ earlier this year. Ruhi will also be creating work for the upcoming Sanaa exhibition. She is driven by the power that creative expression has in bringing people together, fostering self-reflection, and inspiring joy.

Praise Mangena

Praise Mangena is an artist at heart looking to express her intrinsic feelings with a larger audience. Poetry, story telling and sketching have always been outlets and points of reflection for Praise. Praise is mostly known for expressing her art through aesthetic body movement. Earlier this year, Praise was awarded the opportunity to perform on stage at a showcase with Adverse Reign for 'Word on the Street’. Praise has also featured in a number of music videos for local Adelaide artists as a dancer and model. With Unheard, Praise is looking forward to sharing her art in all its various forms - visually and orally. Working with others artists, it also serves as a great opportunity to showcase the untapped talent that Adelaide has to offer.

Aza Ismail

Aza is a giraffe loving creative who finds the human condition to be interesting. She uses art to explore the ray of experiences a single human experiences during their time on earth. She is driven by the words of wisdom passed down from her parents and their parents. “Art is the purest form of love. Nothing is more beautiful than seeing something beautiful and wanting to recreate it , so people you love can experience the beautiful thing”. She has been given the opportunity to create and collaborate with many underground artists and has a formed a movement called ‘unproffessional art’ which aims to shatter the Idea of “perfect art”. Because art is freedom. Art is love. Art is beauty. And through art, we find people unified.

Vivana Luzochimana

Vivana Luzochimana is a Burundian-Australian from Tanzania who lives through storytelling and believes that expression through language and music is the way to true inner freedom. She is  a Psychology major, a creative artist, performer and model. Luzochimana was part of the 2021 ‘Journey’ Adelaide Fringe Show founded by Soul Lounge Adelaide. Inspired by author Bell Hooks, poet Maya Angelou and Sylvia Plath; Luzochimana urges the audience to see, to be open to new ways of thinking and most importantly to question. She carries a presence that commands attention, compelling the audience to tune into spoken word poetry that command a lifelong curiosity of questioning  the world and the ways of it. Her spoken word element is storytelling, theatre characterised by word play, repetition, improvisation and fragmentation as they often carry themes of community, disconnection to homeland, identity, displacement and being a stranger to oneself and the western society in which she lives.

Sage Munu

An individual who believes that art is all encompassing and that the world offers its self in variance to those that look for its beauty. Benjamin believes that the world does not have limitations rather it has challenges and only those willing to accept the challenge and accept the burden can understand that true art is set about in the freedom of ones heart.

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Image Credit: Jefferson Ofesi

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Dates

24 Feb 2022

Duration 50mins (plus Q&A)

Times

Thu, 24 Feb 2022, 6:00PM

Venue

Drama Centre Rehearsal Room, Adelaide Festival Centre

Suitability

Ages 15 and up

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