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Alana Hunt

A woman at an art exhibition

Alana Hunt makes contemporary art, writes and produces culture through a variety of media across public, gallery and online spaces. She lives on Miriwoong country in the north-west of Australia and has a long-standing engagement with South Asia. The politics of nation making and the colonial past and present of Australia and South Asia are central to her practice.

Since 2009, she has orchestrated participatory art and publishing projects that have activated different media forms in the public sphere to shed light on Kashmir. Paper txt msgs from Kashmir (2009–2011) prompted media in India and Pakistan to speak about a state-wide mobile phone ban they had previously been silent on. This work won the Fauvette Laureiro Artist Scholarship. In 2016, the seven-year participatory memorial Cups of nun chai circulated as a newspaper serial in Kashmir, reaching thousands of people on a weekly basis during a period of civilian uprising and state oppression. This work won the 2017 Incinerator Art Award.

Her essay, A mere drop in the sea of what is, published by 4A Papers (Issue 1, November 2016), explored the art circulating on the ‘streets of social media’ in Kashmir and made it into the Hansard Report of the Australian Parliament. In 2018, Alana undertook a residency in Sulawesi with Rumata Art Space & the Makassar International Writers’ Festival and will present Cups of nun chai at Tufts University Art Gallery, Massachusetts, and a series of artists presentations at Tufts, Brown, and Parsons universities.

Throughout September and October Alana will exhibit a new body of work titled Faith in a pile of stones as part of Temporary Certainty, curated by Pedro de Almeida at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (Sydney). Her work is held in both public and private collections including Artbank and Macquarie Group Collection.

Oct
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Poetry Workshop is a safe and dynamic space where you can craft your poetry and offer feedback to other poets. Hosted by Siobhan Hodge. Book Online
Two book covers are against a mustard yellow colour: Always another country and The resurrection of Winnie Mandela
Oct
26
AfroHeritage Book Club presents an evening that focuses on carving a space for yourself as a Black storyteller, featuring Sisonke Msimang. Book Online
An illustration of books, cups of cofee, a clock, a candle, and a lamp floating in a light sage green background
Nov
2
Do you struggle to carve out distraction free writing time? Are you looking for a safe group environment to work on your writing? Would you like to meet other writers in your community? Then this group is for you! Book Online
Graphic image reading "Big Break Breakfast"
Nov
11
Hosted by Shenali Perera, join Centre for Stories for a catered social change breakfast. This event is about connecting with like-minded people who are making a positive contribution to our city and creating opportunities for the marginalised. Book Online
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