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A Familiar Place I've Never Seen

An ethereal exhibition representing the dreams of western Sydney locals.
By Cordelia Williamson
June 02, 2020
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A Familiar Place I've Never Seen

An ethereal exhibition representing the dreams of western Sydney locals.
By Cordelia Williamson
June 02, 2020
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Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre reopened on Monday, June 1, with stunning surrealist exhibition A Familiar Place I've Never Seen running with extended dates. The exhibition opened on March 21, just days before the Australian Government announced the mass closure of indoor venues. After a brief hibernation, the works by artists Jomakhan Jafari and Danny Kennedy are back on display — and you can ogle them for free.

A series of dream 'interpretations', the exhibition combines Jafari's calligraphy art and Kennedy's photography to explore themes of the fantastical and the mundane, cultural heritage, memory and environment. Each work represents one person's dreamscape, with the artists interviewing western Sydney locals about their dreams. An excerpt from each interview accompanies the work, too, such as "I dreamt one night I was an educated man", "I was flying on an umbrella" and "When I was in the detention centre, I dreamt suddenly I was in Golshahr".

'Effort' by Jomakhan Jafari and Danny Kennedy

A Familiar Place I've Never Seen is running from Monday, June 1 till August 23 and is free to enter. Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre is open from 9am–5pm Monday–Friday and from 9am–4pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Top image: 'Golshahr' by Jomakhan Jafari and Danny Kennedy

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