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Thinking & Dreaming


The Karen are a displaced ethnic minority from Burma with a strong tradition in cloth weaving. This exhibition showcases recent tapestries by three artists of Karen descent, who now live in Melbourne after spending many years living in refugee camps in Thailand.

MuNaw Poe, her 92 year old grandmother Cha Mai Oo, and Shuklay Tahpo, have poured countless hours into the delicate creation of these captivating and vibrant pieces, now showing for the second time this year. The works in Thinking & Dreaming are highly patterned, with a dynamic use of colour. These tapestries celebrate the artist's joy found in a new and peaceful life in Australia, whilst also reflecting on memories of their birthplace.

In 2013, Shuklay Tahpo and MuNaw Poe undertook a short training program at the Australian Tapestry Workshop. There they were tutored by Sara Lindsay, who has continued to work with them on a regular basis, facilitating the professional growth of their weaving practice. Shuklay and MuNaw instantly embraced this new, fluid approach to weaving and take great pride in making people aware of their culture through their work.

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Opening NIght:                Friday 16 December / 6 - 9

Exhibition:                        Thursday 15 - Thursday 22 December / 2016

Special Gallery Hours:     Mon - Fri  11-6 / Sat - Sun  11-5

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Image Credit: MuNaw Poe, Global Warming, 2016, Tapestry

Earlier Event: December 1
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