Reclaiming Narratives: Melbourne Artists respond to I Am Not A Virus is an artist-led exhibition series to confront xenophobia, bust stereotypes and provide a counter-narrative to issues of long-standing racism in Australia that are revealing themselves in the face of Covid-19. The project responds to the increase in racist attacks including verbal threats, physical intimidation, denial of services, workplace discrimination and being coughed and spat upon since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The online exhibition presents sixty-eight Asian Creatives' artworks from all States and Territories in Australia for the I Am Not A Virus initiative, including twenty-five Melbournian and Victorian artworks featured in the Reclaiming Narratives. Visit http://iamnotavirusaustralia.org.au/ for more details.
Information about the In Person Exhibition can be found here.
This project is amplified by Melbourne Fringe as part of the Cash For Creatives Program.
Warning: Contains some nudity, mild coarse language, some infrequent/low pressure audience interaction, potentially triggering content or themes, including Violence, Sexual Assault or Abuse, Violence Against Women, Mental Health, COVID-19/Coronavirus
“The layered complexity that exists in every person, and every culture, even as dominant groups attempt to flatten and diminish us, is constantly re-asserted in the series, pushing up against the image of Asians as a monolithic entity.” ~ Claire Cao