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As Far As Kandos - Make No Delay | 2021

Undesirable Assyrians - A Syrian Town in Redfern, 2010, Digital pigment print, Vivienne Dadour
Undesirable Assyrians - A Syrian Town in Redfern, 2010, Digital pigment print, Vivienne Dadour

bio:

Vivienne Dadour is a visual artist based in the Blue Mountains, born in Sydney to an Australian Lebanese family. Her artistic practice is deeply committed to the social relevance of art concerning issues of place, cultural diversity and the politics of identity. These issues have conceptualized Dadour’s past and current research-based art projects. Dadour has exhibited these projects in spaces including Penrith Regional Art Gallery, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Australian War Memorial Museum, New England Regional Art Gallery, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, NSW Parliament House, Braemar Gallery, Articulate Project Space, The Cross Art Projects and Ivan Dougherty Gallery, NSW University. Dadour has a MFA from COFA, NSW University and has been a recipient of the Australia Council Visual Arts/Craft Board Grant, AGNSW Moya Dyring studio Paris, New England Regional Art Museum Research Scholarship and Triangle Artists Workshop Scholarship, New York.

statement:

Deeply committed to the social relevance of art, Dadour’s practice has a strong ideological basis that is oriented towards the spheres of social and political issues concerned with place, cultural diversity and the politics of identity. These issues have been conceptualized in the Restricted Lives Project, an ongoing research-based art project that draws on the lives of her Lebanese ancestors, who migrated to Australia in1886 amidst prevailing alienation (White Australia Policy). Dadour continues to process these issues by referencing and transforming private and public archival images, records, objects and interpretive images, into aesthetic objects of value, thus, re-defining and re-imagining a personal and collective narrative about displacement and survival, identity and belonging. This work reveals issues that are today understood as important, but which may be obliterated, ignored, hidden or obscured by the passage of time.

Materials | Mixed medium installation in Kandos Museum including contemporary photographic and film material, artist’s sketchbooks, historical photographs, archival objects and documents sourced from the Kandos Museum, Dadour family and public collections.
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Veil, 2019, Digital pigment print, Vivienne Dadour
Veil, 2019, Digital pigment print, Vivienne Dadour