In Conversation > Shivanjani Lal x Manisha Anjali

In Conversation > Shivanjani Lal x Manisha Anjali
IMAGE > Artist and Curator Shivanjani Lal, 2020. Image courtesy of Parramatta Artists' Studios. Photograph: Jacquie Manning.

Join us for a relaxed conversation between Juncture Art Prize inaugural winner Shivanjani Lal and artist & writer Manisha Anjali, as they discuss Lal's new body of work, Mere Porvaj [I am Remembering], in relation to the labour of women, family history storytelling, and the significance of textiles and printmaking as a research methodology.

WHEN > Sunday 2 June 2024
TIME > 12PM to 1PM
VENUE > Linden New Art, 26 Acland Street, St Kilda
COST > Free, All Welcome

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Shivanjani Lal is one of the two inaugural winners of Linden’s JUNCTURE Art Prize, awarded to mid-career artists, to support radical thinking, conversations, and change, for both the artist and audience. Lal is a Fijian-Australian artist and curator whose work uses personal grief to account for ancestral loss. Recent works have used story-telling, objects and video to account for lost histories and explore narratives of indenture and migratory histories from the Indian and Pacific oceans. 

Between 2017-18, she globalised her arts practice with a prolonged stay in India. Which led to periods of research in Nepal, Bangladesh and Fiji. In 2019, Lal was the recipient of the Create New South Wales Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship, she was the 2020 Georges Mora Fellow and a Studio artist at Parramatta Artists' Studios. In 2021 she graduated with distinction from Goldsmiths, University of London with a Masters in Artists Film and Moving Image. In 2022 she received a Create NSW Visual Arts Commissioning grant to develop new work for The National to be shown at Campbelltown Arts Centre, in 2023. This year she will participate in the Carriageworks Clothing Store studio program from June, and is an artist participating in the City of Sydney’s Creative Live Work program for 2023-2024.

Lal’s work has been exhibited across Australia, and internationally in New Zealand, India, Barbados, France, Indonesia, the United Kingdom and Italy.

Manisha Anjali (b. Suva, Fiji) is a writer, artist and teacher. She is the author of Naag Mountain. Manisha is the founder of Neptune, a research and documentation platform for dreams, visions and hallucinations. She is one half of Whelk, a music collaboration with multi-instrumentalist Genevieve Fry. Her writing has been published in k(not)Portside Review, Best of Australian Poems 2021ie – for the people we will be, A Clear Dawn: An Anthology for New Asian Voices from Aotearoa New ZealandLiminal MagazineCordite Poetry ReviewLor Journal, IKA Journal and Meanjin. She guest-edited Runway Journal Issue 41: LOVE and was the Poetry Editor at The Lifted Brow

Manisha has exhibited at Casula Powerhouse, Bus Projects, c3 artspace, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Wyndham Art Gallery, Bluestone Church Arts Space, KINGS and SEVENTH Gallery. She has performed and appeared at Melbourne Writers’ Festival, Queensland Poetry Festival, Emerging Writers’ Festival and Brunswick Music Festival.

Manisha has facilitated workshops and courses on creative writing, literature, performance and experimentation with University of Melbourne, RMIT First Site Gallery, SIGNAL, Digital Writers’ Festival, Arts Gen, Verb Wellington Writers’ Festival, Back to Back Theatre, Casula Powerhouse, Melbourne Polytechnic, Express Media and Free Association. She also teaches literacy, numeracy and creative writing at the Prahran Community Learning Centre.

Manisha has been a recipient of BLINDSIDE’s Regional Arts & Research Residency at Mooramong, a Writer-in-Residence at Incendium Radical Library and a Hot Desk Fellow at The Wheeler Centre.

IMAGE > Steph Cammarano.