Same River Twice
Image: Freya Alexander, from the Berringa, Wadawurrung Country series, 2022.
Same River Twice
Exhibition dates: 15 June - 3 July 2022
Launch & reading event: 21 June 2022, 7:00pm-9:00pm (RSVP required)
If the flow of the water is constant, and the only constant is change, where does that leave memory? What does the river carry, and for how long? Ten writers and artists reflect on what water, place, memories and inheritances can contain.
With Freya Alexander, Kelly Bartholomeusz, Gloria Demillo, Sam Elkin, Ryan Gustaffson, Gurmeet Kaur, Gabriella Munoz, Monique Nair, Hiếu Phung, Christy Tan
Hosted by: Ruby-Rose Pivet-Marsh
Same River Twice is an outcome of Footscray Community Arts West Writers program and is presented in partnership with Emerging Writers Festival.
Reading Event: 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Tuesday 21 June 2022 in the Entrance Gallery, Gabriel Gallery and Riverside Lawn.
Exhibition dates: 15 June – 3 July 2022
Tuesday to Friday: 9.30am – 5:00pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10am – 4pm
Date & Times
15 June – 3 July 2022
- Gabriel Gallery
The exhibition is wheelchair accessible.
Accessible bathrooms are available.
Same River Twice Reading Event will be Auslan interpreted.
Meet the Artists
Christy lives on unceded Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung land in Naarm (Melbourne). Her writing has been published or is forthcoming in Cordite Poetry Review, The Suburban Review and Going Down Swinging, amongst others. She has previously performed in Digital Writers’ Festival, National Young Writers’ Festival, Emerging Writers’ Festival and been shortlisted for the Woollahra Digital Literary Award. Currently she has upcoming works with SEVENTH Gallery’s Emerging Writers Program and WRITING & Concepts: Lecture Series.
Freya is an artist, educator and writer living and working in the Western Suburbs of Naarm/Melbourne. Working across a range of art forms, including painting and poetry, Freya’s work explores the female gaze and queer desire, through depictions and recollections of intimate moments. Freya also co-runs Gems, a collective that self-produces zines tri-annually, which showcase art and writing by local and international women and non-binary creatives.
Gabriella is a Mexican-Australian writer and editor. She was the 2018 Digital Writer in Residence at Writers Victoria and a 2019 Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow. Her writing has been published widely including Meanjin, the Australian Multilingual Writing Project, Harana Poetry, Mascara Literary Review and Senses of Cinema, among others.
Gloria Demillo (they/them)
Gloria is a poet, researcher and multidisciplinary creative. Their most notable contributions include the Harana Poetry Tour for the Art Gallery of New South Wales; published works with the Australian Poetry Journal, Peril Magazine, Cordite Poetry Review, Red Room Poetry; and poetry performances at the Biennale of Sydney, Sydney International Women’s Poetry and Arts Festival, Wollongong Writers Festival, Australian Poetry Slam, and the Bankstown Poetry Slam Olympics. Gloria made their acting debut in Let Me Know When You Get Home by Miranda Aguilar (2021) produced by National Theatre of Parramatta and CuriousWorks.
Gurmeet is a writer, poet, and educator from London, living in Wurundjeri country. She is a receipient of the 2022 Varuna Fellowship and a winner of the 2021 Ultimo Prize. She has been a writer-in-residence at Incendium Radical Library and City of Maribyrnong, Melbourne. Her work appears in Aniko Press, Sweet and Sour Zine, DYNAMIS Journal, and elsewhere.
Hiếu is a second-generation Vietnamese-Australian deep listener based on the Western suburbs of Naarm/Melbourne. His creative practice is an open love letter for us to come together to create cocoons of care and healing. Beginning with looking deeply within ourselves and using the energy of compassion, understanding, and love in action.
Kelly Bartholomeusz (she/her)
Kelly is a writer based in the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri people. Her writing explores a range of topics, from the discourse surrounding violence against women to the role of grief in meaningful climate action. Kelly seeks to examine the impacts of capitalism and colonialism on social, political and economic structures. Her work is also influenced by the spiritual ecology movement, which seeks to reimagine the potential of human relationship with the more-than-human world. Kelly has also worked in communications, engagement and community development across multiple sectors including disability, mental health, global health and human rights.
Monique is a Naarm/Melbourne based writer of Indian-Italian-Polish heritage. She is currently an editor for Mascara Literary Review and also works as a writer and editor for Mind Blowing Films/Indian Film Festival Melbourne developing international film projects. She has been published with Peril, The Indian Weekly, RMIT Feature Stories and has performed poetry at the Emerging Writers Festival. Her work is interested in diaspora experiences, intergenerational and intercultural tensions and connections, coming of age narratives, mental health and the complexity of identity.
Ryan GustafssonRyan is a researcher, writer, and podcaster living and working on Wurundjeri land. A non binary and adopted Korean, their writing explores themes including knowledge, identity, embodiment, and loss. Ryan’s creative writing has appeared in ISLAND Magazine and Bent Street. They currently work as a part-time researcher at the University of Melbourne, focusing on histories and experiences of Korean overseas adoption. Their academic writing on this topic has appeared in Peril Magazine and International Journal of Cultural Studies. They also conduct research in trans studies and environmental philosophy.
Sam is a writer and radio maker living on the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. His essays have been published in the Griffith Review, Kill Your Darling and Overland Literary Journal. He is co-editor of Nothing to Hide: Voices of the Trans and Gender Diverse Australia, which will be published by Allen & Unwin in 2022. Sam is an Australian Society of Authors fellowship recipient, and he is working on a debut memoir.