Visual Arts

EVENT POSTPONED

Following significant feedback from communities and growing concerns over COVID-19, the Parramasala Board has made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 Parramasala Festival. The safety and wellbeing of our communities is of the highest importance to the board, stakeholders and event managers of Parramasala.

Parramasala, 13-15 March 2020, Prince Alfred Square, Parramatta, FREE

12 – 15 March

Feast your mind as well as your senses.

Parramasala teams up with Parramatta Artist Studios to present special installation Distant Corners, bringing the world to the feet of thousands of Parramasala attendees. Snap a selfie as you make your way across the four corners of the world in this interactive artwork.

The festival will also feature special installation work by visiting contemporary New Delhi artist Fadescha.


Exhibition: Burn All The Books That Call You The Unknown by Fadescha
Riverside Theatres

Friday 13 March, 6 – 9pm
Saturday 14 March, 11am – 9pm (with live performances 3pm – 8pm)
Sunday 15 March, 11am – 5pm

Parramatta Artists’ Studios presents “Burn All The Books That Call You The Unknown”, a multimedia exhibition by artist Fadescha.

Staged in a theatre at Parramatta’s Riverside Theatres, the installation recreates the theatrics of the dancefloor. Hear a soundscape made from an archive of field recordings from forests, water bodies and landscape in India, documented over 8 years.  Experience a video work featuring different artists and organisers which proposes that, the appearance of collectivity for a moment on the dancefloor, is actually informed by how we as individuals embody our histories, violence, vulnerabilities and aspirations, through our physical movements.

We do not live single-issue lives. A tendency to assimilate people into easily defined categories suggests that we do. “Burn All The Books That Call You The Unknown” makes space for plurality of identities and enacts a moment for self-representation and personal agency.

On Saturday 14 March from 3pm to 8pm, the exhibition will be activated by a series of performances, screenings and talks by participants from India and Australia, curated by Fadescha.

Fadescha, based in New Delhi, is an artist-curator working across arts and cultural disciplines. They focus on collaborations, collectives and experiences as a norm-critical pedagogy to Queer hegemonies.