Healing Practices

07.03 - 05.05.19
Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, Darebin, Australia

Healing Practices is an ongoing project engaging with the non-linear nature of past trauma and related healing.

The first iteration of Healing Practices, presented three newly commissioned works by Duha Ali, Justine Youssef, Katie West, Stanislava Pinchuk and Zaiba Khan, which constituted an empathic response to generational issues of trauma embedded within the historical context of the exhibition site – a home, psychiatric facility and art centre imbued with colonial legacy.

Transposing these historical narratives to the site of the body, the exhibition and forthcoming publication, offer a response to the question of, how to navigate a traumatic past? In doing so, the suite of artistic and text-based practices presented in Healing Practices employ a variety of methods as ways of thinking through trauma, engendering empowerment and providing possibilities of healing our communities, and in turn ourselves.  

Healing Practices, as the culmination of the original exhibition and publication, represents a singular comprised from multiples. Each artist and writer make visible a private performance of tradition, community and self that comprise ways of healing for their creators. Through this, the multiplicities presented here speak to the varied forms of rupture and in turn, the possibilities of overcoming and healing.

The forthcoming publication features 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.