‘The Path Within’: A Collaboration with SSI Arts and Culture Program

2024

An intimate and powerful showcase of visual arts, live performances, and music by established and early career artists, highlighting their lived experiences – for Refugee Week.

The Path Within as part of the SSI Homelands Regional Arts Tour 2024 showcased during Refugee Week from 17 June – 1 July 2024, with stops in Brisbane, Coffs Harbour and Sydney. It showcases powerful works from CuriousWorks artists Emmanuel Asante (Ghana), Khishkok Abdo (Kurdistan), Shiva Dadvar (Iran), and Ali Rezvani (Iran).

The Path Within as part of the SSI Homelands Regional Arts Tour 2024 was a compelling presentation of visual arts, live performances, and music by both established and emerging artists, highlighting their lived experiences during Refugee Week.

Refugee Week is an annual celebration of the phenomenal people who come to Australia to build new lives for themselves and their families – grounded with the purpose of finding and nurturing connection, safety, strength, and unity.

It is often said that the power of art lies in its ability to tell stories that words cannot fully convey. This power was on full display here with The Path Within – an intimate and exclusive exhibition of resilience, renewal, and reinvention from CuriousWorks artists Emmanuel Asante (Ghana), Khishkok Abdo (Kurdistan), Shiva Dadvar (Iran), and Ali Rezvani (Iran). It was a warm invitation to audiences to immerse themselves in the artists’ lived experiences through multimedia, poetry, photography, painting and digital art.

From the 17th of June to 1st of July 2024, the tour made stops in Brisbane, Coffs Harbour, and Sydney.

Events at Brisbane and Coffs Harbour featured The Artists’ Perspective, a live panel where Ali, Emmanuel, Khishkok, and Shiva discussed their creative process, fostering critical thinking, discussion, and connection through their artistic expressions. 

Additionally, the Homelands program included the workshop Storytelling through Art in Brisbane where participants explored the self through storytelling and symbolism with Emmanuel Asante

The program concluded with a live collaborative performance during events in Brisbane and Coffs Harbour,  where Australian Poetry Slam Champion Huda The Goddess and multi-instrumentalist Cieavash Arean joined forces to explore childhood memories, journeys of exile and haven, and the pain that underlines it all. With bold words and exquisite melodies, they weaved together the intergenerational parallels and contrasts of their efforts as activists using art to bring personal and political realities to the fore. 

CuriousWorks Artists: Emmanuel Asante (Ghana), Khishkok Abdo (Kurdistan), Shiva Dadvar (Iran), and Ali Rezvani (Iran)

This project is presented by SSI Arts & Culture in collaboration with BEMAC and CuriousWorks. Partners include Sydney Opera House, Aquarius Arcade, Coffs City Centre, Gowings Coffs Central, King Tide Brewing & Saltwater Arts Alliance.