Odalala – Opening (Arts House) [Melbourne]
Odalala - Opening (Arts House) [Melbourne]

Event Information


Wednesday April 3, 2024
6:00 PM


Arts House
521 Queensberry St
Melbourne, Victoria 3051

Auslan Interpreter/s

Amber Richardson & Glenda Judd

Language/ Cultural Consultant


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????? Odalala (‘from the depths of one being’) brings together Australian and international artists to examine histories of caste, migration, gender and sexuality through contemporary expression.

Unfolding across the entirety of Arts House during Dalit History Month, ????? Odalala is a multi-format activation, featuring an exhibition, talks, screenings, communal meals and curator and accessible tours.

Among the works of the exhibition are two new major commissions: ALAM / ???? ? and Caste-Pital. 

ALAM/ ???? ? by current Gertrude Contemporary studio artist, Elyas Alavi, is a large-scale sculptural work with videos and performances exploring Islamic ritual and marginalised queer identities.

Caste-Pital, from Sajan Mani – the first Indian to be awarded the Berlin Art Prize – is an expanded performance installation set between experiences of colonisation, missionary-led education and growing up in a Dalit community of rubber tappers, where latex is collected from rubber trees.

The exhibition also extends outside onto Queensberry and Errol Streets with Osheen Siva’s window commission, ?????? Uyirvu illustrating histories of resistance and futures filled with regenerative joy.

Tickets for the tours, meals, screenings and more will be available soon.

Elyas Alavi
Priyageetha Dia
Jagath Dheerasekara
Sajan Mani
Yaseera Moosa
Tabitha Percy
Osheen Siva
Peter Waples-Crowe

????? Odalala expands on the contextual framework of ?????? Okkoota, held at Arts House in April 2023.

????? Odalala is an expression of Arts House’s Equity—Builder.?

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