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Sister Satellite at Art After Dark

Elyas Alavi (SA) Roberta Joy Rich (VIC) & Cher Tan (VIC)

9 August, 2018

??? Join us in Adelaide's West End arts precinct on Thursday the 9th of August from 5pm for Sister Satellite's one night exhibition and ART AFTER DARK West End - SALA Edition's extensive program of exhibitions, music, live art, talks, and demonstrations.


Sister Satellite is thrilled to be teaming up with SASA Gallery to present a one night exhibition featuring Elyas Alavi (SA), Roberta Rich (VIC) and writing by Cher Tan (VIC/SA). This exhibition will take place across sites surrounding SASA Gallery to present existing video works in a new site specific context.



Elyas Alavi is an emerging artist based in Adelaide, South Australia. He is primarily working in the form of Painting, Installation and Performance Art. Alavi was born in Daikundi province, Afghanistan, and moved to Iran as a child, following the intensification of war in his homeland and in late 2007 he moved to Australia as refugee at risk. Alavi graduated from a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) in 2012, specialising in painting, and is currently undertaking a Masters by Research (Visual Arts) at the University of South Australia and has exhibited in Australia and Afghanistan artspaces including Nexus Arts Gallery, CACSA Project Space, SASA Gallery IFA (Kabul) and Fontanelle Gallery. Alavi also is best known as an internationally renowned poet. He published 3 poetry books in Iran and Afghanistan. first poetry book "I'm a daydreamer wolf" published in 2008 in Tehran, followed by "Some wounds" in 2012 in Kabul and "Hodood" in 2015 in Tehran. He regularly runs art and poetry workshops in community centres and schools in Adelaide. He visits many issues in his works, but mainly memory, displacement, exile, social justice, gender issues, separation and the human nature.


Born Geelong, Australia 1988, currently based in Melbourne, Australia. Roberta Rich’s work responds to constructions of race and gender identity with satire and humour in her video, performance, installation and multi-disciplinary projects. Drawing from historical, socio-political, media and popular contemporary culture, Rich engages with notions of 'authentic' identity construction and attempts to challenge problematic representations while ascertaining empowering forms of self-determination, often referencing her own [diaspora] African identity and experiences.


Cher Tan is a writer in Melbourne, Australia. Her work has appeared in Meanjin, Acclaim Magazine, Kill Your Darlings, i-D, Catapult, SBS, and The Lifted Brow, amongst others. In 2017, her zine Neural Net/Like4Like was featured as part of the Digital Writers' Festival's Digital Zine Fair. She appeared at the Emerging Writers' Festival in 2018.

A cultural critic and agitator, Cher is interested in issues surrounding technology, late-stage capitalism, borders and boundaries, and the construction of identity, race, gender, and culture as defined by hyper-reality.


This project is generously supported by the City of Adelaide, ART AFTER DARK West End and SASA Gallery.

We are excited to note that this enables Sister to support the exhibiting artists with an artist fee to present existing video works and a commission fee for new writing.

Images by Sia Duff.