Healing Practices

07.03 - 05.05.19
Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, Darebin, Australia

Healing Practices begins with the question of healing, and whether it is possible to heal. Exploring the relationship between past trauma and the body, the exhibition presents newly commissioned works by Duha Ali, Justine Youssef, Katie West, Stanislava Pinchuk and Zaiba Khan.

Responding to the site of Bundoora Homestead as a space of conflict, domicile and restoration, Healing Practices examines a suite of artistic practices that employ ritual and meditation as a way of thinking through trauma and engendering empowerment through the creative act.

Merging personal memories and biographical elements with larger global narratives, Healing Practices brings generational issues of trauma within the historical context of the exhibition site – a  psychiatric facility embedded in its colonial roots – and mental health into the contemporary context.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated publication designed by Ziga Testen that includes newly commissioned texts by Bahar Sayed, Chantelle Mitchell and Hanann Al Daqqa, with an introduction by Jaxon Waterhouse and Rachel Ciesla. The publication is generously supported by ST. ALi.

Catalogue Essay:
Rachel Ciesla and Jaxon Waterhouse, Healing Practices

Art as Therapy: An Experiential Introduction to Art Therapy
Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, Darebin, Australia

Creating a space to channel and unpack, counter or question the cultural and historical narratives told within this exhibition, Art as Therapy: An Experiential Introduction to Art Therapy, is a free art therapy workshop facilitated by Lecturers from the Master of Art Therapy, School of Psychology and Public Health at La Trobe University. Spaces are limited and registration essential. Book here

The exhibition is suppported by ST. ALi, the University of Melbourne through ACP Projects, Bundoora Homestead Art Centre and the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.