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Daydreamer Wolf

Elyas Alavi

St Heliers Street Gallery
3–20 May
Mon–Sat 10am–4pm
Sun 20 May 10am–4pm
Opening and Performance
5 May 5pm-8pm
Chapter House Lane
3 May–30 June
Open 24/7
Opening and Performance
18 May 6pm-8pm


    Auslan-interpreted performance 5 May 5.30pm

This is not a ticketed event

How is it possible to understand the trials and realities of the refugee experience? In this cross-disciplinary exhibition, artist and award-winning poet Elyas Alavi documents his experiences through personal, playful and mythological lenses. Evoking issues of identity, memory, migration and displacement, he offers a deeper understanding of his trials as a Hazara refugee, artist and migrant to Australia.

Here, Alavi finds a new voice in the English-speaking world through expressive installations that reveal unseen experiences of Afghan minorities, offering a compellingly rich and faceted take on his extraordinary life experiences. Comprising artefacts, painting, poetry and video, the exhibition will be accompanied by collaborative performances with Alavi performing his poetry alongside local experimental musicians.

Persian Poetry reading
Sunday 20 May 2pm – 3.30pm, St Heliers Street Gallery

5 May 5.30pm, St Heliers Street Gallery
18 May 6.30pm, Chapter House Lane


Elyas Alavi
Dale Gorfinkel, Aviva Endean, Stéphanie Kabanyana Kanyandekwe
Auslan interpreter
Harriet Devlin-Dunbar
Production manager
Tom Abud
Install manager
Andre Lawrence
Critical text
Andy Butler
Where is home land? 2017. Image courtesy Sam Roberts

Content warning: This exhibition contains depictions of traumatic events, and contains images of people who have died.

Daydreamer Wolf is a Next Wave x ACE Open and First Draft co-commission and has been assisted by Abbotsford Convent Foundation, Chapter House Lane, Arts South Australia and the Australian Government through Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.