As part of cultural diversity week, Melbourne Artists for Asylum Seekers (MAFAS) showcase Elephant In The Dark, a new exhibition presented in partnership with Melbourne Library Service. The exhibition is a haunting interpretation of an ancient parable, ‘the blind men and the elephant’, in which a group of visionless men discover a new animal each by way of touching one part of its body. Upon comparing notes, the men realise that their experiences of the elephant differ wildly and that while each subjective truth is real, they are all limited and do not account for the totality of truth. With Elephant In The Dark, MAFAS attempted to tackle the subject of refugee issues through creativity, expressing their different experiences of ‘seeking refuge’ in paintings, sculptures, crochet, stop-motion animation and woodblock cuts. Using art as a common language, the exhibition adds up individual experiences to reveal a bigger picture.
📅 March 19 – April 30