Then Came Roses - Heba Moubarak & Catalina Billikopf Mujica

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Then Came Roses is symbolic of a process of growth after sadness, oppression or rain. Often painful experiences can allow for individual growth, giving way to a sense of liberation. 

After rain, roses bloom.

These two local artists, previously unknown to each other, make deeply poetic and symbolic imagery around the experience of finding strength, self-love and empowerment through questioning and resisting adverse social and cultural forces, re-imagining perceptions of self within different cultural contexts.

Chilean-born artist Catalina Billikopf Mujica creates folkloric vignettes and portraits that speak of the immemorial struggle of women and the irrevocable hope that is driven by innate kindness. Deeply ingrained cultural attitudes, stereotypes and systems reinforce social dynamics that censor, harass and humiliate women. The act of going against these forces can often demand great courage and will, with little support from others. But this action ultimately delivers true freedom of self-expression.

Heba Moubarak is an entirely self-taught digital artist. Her work depicts visibly Muslim women and explores themes of self love, growth and connection to god. Heba is one of seven daughters and her inspiration stems from being surrounded by strong, compassionate and hard-working women, all of whom wear the veil. Growing up, it has been difficult for Heba, her siblings and friends to find art that they can connect and identify with on a spiritual, emotional and physical level. This inspired Heba to develop Hijabee art, a creative outlet that encourages visibly Muslim women to share in each other’s feelings and spirituality.

In this remarkable exhibition, Catalina and Heba come together to share common experiences and universal emotions across different cultural backgrounds.

Thursday 7 February - Sunday 14 April, 2019

Special International Women's Day launch Celebration: Friday 8 March 12.30 - 2.30pm

Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery, Hume Global Learning Centre - Craigieburn
75-95 Central Park Avenue, Craigieburn

Monday – Thursday: 10am - 8pm
Friday: 10am - 5pm
Saturday: 10am - 4pm
Sunday: 1pm - 4pm

*Not open on public holidays

Updated : 4:00 PM, 17 April 2019

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