Continental Shifts and giant bunnies at Bunjil Place

Bunjil Place welcomes a diverse program of intriguing and inspiring works with Continental Shift: Contemporary Art and South Asia, Bukjeh, and Intrude a series of giant illuminated rabbits that have travelled far and wide.

Bunjil Place Gallery will captivate audiences with Continental Shift: Contemporary Art and South Asia from 22 June to 22 September with unique works by contemporary artists who have connections with India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Afghanistan.

Guest curated by Rodney James, emerging and established artists such as Khadim AliKate BeynonMichael CandyRichard GoodwinTrent JansenIshan KhoslaShivanjani Lal and Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran will use their craft to challenge conventional understandings of displacement, multi-racial identities and gender.

The winning Archibald Prize portrait of Sangeeta Sandrasegar by Kate Beynon will be on show alongside large wall-based work Woven Chronicles by Indian artist Reena Saini Kallat, which has been developed for Bunjil Place Gallery after previous iterations featured at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, New York (2016) and the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2018).

The first of its kind in Melbourne’s south-east, the exhibition brings to light modern issues that effect our diverse community of South Asia migrants in Australia through provocative art pieces spanning large-scale installation, wall and floor sculpture, painting, drawing, film and posters. Continental Shift: Contemporary Art and South Asia will encompass a wider program of events at Bunjil Place, soon to be announced.

For an intimate insight into stories of migration and displacement, live art exhibition Bukjeh will share objects that people who were forced out of their homes had in their bukjeh, which in Arabic describes a small pack of belongings carried by travellers or refugees. From 14 – 15 June at 10am – 5pm.

At Bunjil Place Studio visitors can take a trip back to the past with Chinese Cultural Festival for a chance to explore original findings and replicas from the royal tomb of Marquis of Haihun on 7 June – 10 June from 10am – 5pm. The time capsule of Chinese lifestyle, heritage and culture will share an insight into how two-thousand year old techniques have informed the way modern artists create beautiful artwork. Free guided tours will be available.

For a larger than life experience, audiences will be able to stand in awe amongst giant sized rabbits that light up at night with Amanda Parer’s installation Intrude showing from 1 June to 23 June11am – 9pm at Bunjil Place Plaza. Pop in to see the collection of inflatable rabbits that have hopped their way through North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Middle East, and now Australia.