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Tarik Ahlip, Lara Chamas and Samira Farah

To celebrate the final weekend of Tarik Ahlip’s ‘Paradise’, on the 30th of April 2022, West Space presented an in-conversation between Tarik and Lara Chamas, facilitated by Samira Farah. Taking inspiration from the bodies of work of the two artists, their overlapping interests and experiences, their conversation unpacks themes explored within ‘Paradise’ around faith, beauty, violence, memory and the Islamic migrant experience as it occurs here in Australia.

This program was supported by City of Yarra through their annual arts grant

Recorded at West Space, April 30, 2022

Tarik Ahlip works across sculpture, film, verse and sound; his practice considers poetics as capable of driving epistemic change.

Lara Chamas is a Lebanese, Australian artist, based in Naarm. fleeing from civil war, her parents migrated to Australia, where she was born. Her practice investigates topics of postcolonial and migrant narratives within the context of her cultural identity. Through the use of narrative and experience documentation, storytelling, transgenerational trauma and memory and tacit knowledge; her research intends to explore links and meeting points between narrative theory, cultural practice, current political and societal tensions, and the body as a political vessel.

Samira Farah is a curator, creative producer and radio presenter. She hosts The Score on Triple R.