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Hypersensitive/ Hipersensitif by Soraya Artis

Hypersensitive/ Hipersensitif is an exhibition of textile works by Soraya Abidin. The artworks on show are in quest of a resolution to the outwardly puzzling task of defining a bicultural identity. The cross cultural collection of textiles used to create the works tap into the consciousness of a bicultural girl growing up in Australia in the 1970s.


A mindful selection of luxurious velvets, glittering vintage lame and naïve patchwork prints, are paired with exotic Asian silks, traditional Malay songket, woven golds and miniature Peranakan glass beads. Images merge materials and techniques of Australian applique and quilting with Malay beading and embroidered raw raffia drenched in gold leaf.


Hypersensitive/ Hipersensitif soothes the rivalry within a bicultural identity. Through a language of inherent craft, a two-way dialogue is created, the divide is crossed over and works embrace the notion of one collective culture.


Details: Thurssday 11 October – Monday 22 October; Opening Night 11 October 6pm – 8pm

Images: Soraya Abidin, Double Consciousness (detail), 2018. Photo: Courtesy of Soraya Abidin. Soraya Abidin, The Embrace (process shot detail), 2018. Photo: Courtesy of Soraya Abidin.