We die so that is an exhibition of video works, paintings and artefacts that will communicate the true nature of living as a minority in Afghanistan through contemporary storytelling and testimonials. These stories are so often silenced, either by the governments who wish to hide the true scale of conflict or through lack of avenues to communicate with the outside world.
While in Afghanistan during 2016 to document the daily life and struggles of minorities, Elyas Alavi was caught up in the deadliest bombing in Kabul since 2001; a twin attack of a street protest that killed 110 protesters. Participating in the protest himself, Elyas recorded the day, including the hunt for a protester from his own town.
Elyas Alavi is a contemporary artist whose work focuses on identity, memory, violence, trauma and displacement. He has risked his own safety to get these stories to Australian audiences and this new body of work will be a significant step in his creative and professional growth. Few artists in South Australia are creating contemporary visual arts and new media works that communicate the stories of those living in war zones through first-hand accounts.
Curatorial support by Brigid Noone