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The Colour of Absence by Miream Salameh

August 6 - October 31


MAV and the Hume City Council invite you to a solo exhibition, The Colour of Absence by Miream Salameh.

Syrian-Australian artist Miream Salameh fled her beloved homeland in 2012. This meditative exhibition reflects on what it means to be absent from the place you belong to and the specific qualities of loss and distance that accompany exile.

For Salameh, her monochrome videos express the way memories lose vivid detail and colour through distance or confinement. In contrast, the bright colours of her collages convey optimism, nostalgia and the sense of home Salameh carries with her. This is Salameh’s first solo exhibition in Australia, a significant milestone as she develops a powerful visual language to express her presence in a new place.

6 August to 31 October 2020
This exhibition is viewable online only at the MAV website.

View The Colour of Absence here.


An online Panel Discussion between the artist Miream Salameh and guest speakers Nur Shkembi and Dr Safdar Ahmed exploring themes of loss, memory, identity and creative responses to trauma and conflict from a variety of perspectives.

Attendees are invited to submit questions to the panelists prior to the event. Please email your questions to Gallery@hume.vic.gov.au by Tuesday 1 September. Questions can also be submitted during the discussion .

Nur Shkembi is a Melbourne based curator, writer and scholar who was part of the core team which established the Islamic Museum of Australia. She served as the museum’s inaugural Art Director, Exhibitions Manager and foundation Curator. Dr Safdar Ahmed is a Sydney-based artist, musician and academic. He is a founding member of the Refugee Art Project, for which he conducts art workshops with refugees and asylum seekers in detention.

Watch the panel discussion here:

Image credit: The Colour of Absence, 2019. Lentil on Linen. Photo by Miream Salameh.


August 6
October 31
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