Hyphenated Biennial 2021 – 2022

A collective (un)learning to reframe our views of the world today.


Hyphenated Biennale. 2021-2022
From November 26, 2021 until April 9, 2022
A collective (un)learning to reframe our views of the world today.
Rolling out over four venues, Hyphenated Biennial by Hyphenated Projects is set to connect communities and engage in a collective (un)learning across Melbourne’s West, on the lands of the Kulin Nation from 26 November 2021 to 9 April 2022. The inaugural edition focuses on dialogues, solidarity and meaningful collaborations between First Nations and Asian diasporic artists.
Enriching encounters will take place across Melbourne’s West prominent venues including The Substation, Footscray Community Arts, Incinerator Gallery, and Sunshine Art Spaces.
Featuring works by, Elyas Alavi, Moorina Bonini, Jacob Boehme & Nithya Nagarajan & Kalanjay Dhir, Sab D’Souza, Jacinta Keefe & Ellen YG Son, Jenna Lee, Jazz Money, Ashley Perry & Siying Zhou, Talia Smith, Bethany Thornber, Jennifer Ma & David Leupolu, and Sharmayne Grace McLean, Hyphenated Biennial includes more than 10 new premiere works especially developed for the project.
This new artist-led project aims to connect communities, provoke collaboration, and deconstruct notions of solidarity within the arts. For 2021–2022, Hyphenated Biennial will share a program of exhibitions, new commissions, artist residencies, performances, and talks. To capture the meaningful conversations in a time of extreme political, economic, social and environmental instabilities.
Hyphenated Biennial showcase exhibition will launch at The Substation from 3 December 2021 to 9 April 2022. Presenting ten new commissions by First Nations and Asian diasporic artists Elyas Alavi, Moorina Bonini, Sab D’Souza, Jacinta Keefe & Ellen YG Son, Jenna Lee, Jazz Money, Ashley Perry & Siying Zhou, Talia Smith, and Bethany Thornber. Centring around the artists’ explorations of personal histories, while examining the sites they inhabit, materials they inherit and the systems they exist within.
Ashley Perry and Siying Zhou, Trophy No.1 (the magic pot), 2021, paper and acrylic paint, 14.5 x 23 x 9 cm. Photography by Siying Zhou. Courtesy of the artist.
Moorina Bonini, RE-POSITIONING, 2021. Courtesy of the artist.
Jenna Lee, Labour of Love (installation detail), silk rope, reclaimed wood stool, paint, 20 x 20 x 27 cm. Courtesy of the artist.
Nithya Nagarajan, Jacob Boehme, & Kalanjay Dhir, Untitled, 2021. Image Credit: Hilo Mur. Courtesy of the artist.
Beth Thornber, rose growing Country, 2021, acrylic on calico fabric, 3.0m x 1.5m. Courtesy of the artist.
Elyas Alavi, Memory Is a Dagger, 2021, neon, 150 × 60 × 7cm. Courtesy of the artist.
(Left) Untitled Home - Nail Dying using flowers in my Garden from Ellen Yeong Gyeong Son’s Instructions, 2021. (Right) Untitled Home - Weaving with Jacinta Keefe’s hand-dyed raffia, 2021). Courtesy of the artists.
Talia Smith, Taro I (from the series ‘Still and or Moving’), 2019 – 2020, digital print on matte paper, 420mm x 594mm. Courtesy of the artist.
Jazz Money, if you should fall into my arms tremble like a flower (still), 2021, double channel video with audio, 1920 x 1080. Courtesy of the artist.