|Only From The Heart Can You Touch The Sky|
|Dates||Thu 12 Apr 2012 - Sat 9 Jun 2012|
|Venue||RMIT Gallery - 344 Swanston St, Melbourne Vic 3000|
|Drawing its title from a from a poem by Jalal al-Din Rumi, the celebrated 13th-century Persian Muslim poet and Sufi Mystic, this exhibition of contemporary work focuses on the fusion of art and poetry. Featuring paintings by Khadim Ali and calligraphy by Ali Baba Awrang and Mammad Aidani and Persian rugs sourced from private collections.|
Public programs Free events.
Bookings essential: 9925 1717.
Thurs 12 April: 12-1 pm:
Artists’ talk Afghan-Australian artists; Abdul Karim Hekmat, Khadim Ali and Afghan artist, Ali Baba Awrang (Kabul)
Thurs 10 May: 5.30 - 7.00 pm.
Panel Discussion: Only From The Heart Can You Touch The Sky Dr Mammad Aidani, Researcher and playwright, ARC Research Fellow, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne. Neil Grant, Author, The Ink Bridge; editor & contributor to From Kinglake to Kabul. Pooya Mehman Pazir, musician, the Mehr Ensemble (founded in Tehran, 1999) Dr Gay Breyley, ethnomusicologist and cultural historian Adjunct Research Associate, School of Music - Conservatorium, Monash University
Daily film screenings 11.30-1 pm/ 1.30-3 pm, 3.30-5 pm Gabbeh, 1996, directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf.
Thurs 17 May 5.30 pm – Gabbeh: an analysis Dr Mammad Aidani, on the 1996 Iranian film Gabbeh. Followed by a screening of the film.
Thurs 7 June 12-1 pm Weaving Words: the relationship between poetry and carpets in the Persian world. Susan Scollay, independent scholar and guest co-curator 'Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond,' State Library of Victoria, (9 March - 1 July, 2012)
Time: Mon-Fri 11am-5pm