Güler Altunbas

Chrysalis; Recognition and Restitution

1 April > 9 May 2021
Wednesday to Sunday > 11AM - 4PM

+ Replay the Virtual Opening > 1 April 2021, 6pm




Güler Altunbas is a Melbourne-based artist practicing in a variety of media: painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking and digital technologies. She has an extensive history as an advocate for the prevention of violence against women and children and successfully brings her personal lived experience to her art practice, public speaking events and collaborations.

We publicly acknowledge at our opening and exhibition the grief and loss, sadness and vulnerability of survivors and victims of family, gender-based & private violence.

In recognition, we commemorate children, young people, adults and older adults surviving or who have died as a result of such violence.

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Be brave

IMAGE > [Top] Güler Altunbas, Purposeful threatening / Teinopalpus imperialis, 2019. Image courtesy of the artist.
IMAGE > Güler Altunbas in her studio.
Image courtesy of the artist and Arts Access Victoria.




IMAGE > Güler Altunbas, Question Why?, 2016, bronze sculpture. 
Image courtesy of the artist.

This exhibition brings together a series of self-portraits, and a series of digital prints, which examine the hidden nature of violence. The portraits express the associated emotional and psychological conditions of gender-based violence such as silence, denial, purposeful threatening, violation, aggression, intimidation, danger, witnessing, encroachment and resilience.

In 2016, Altunbas was commissioned by Cohealth to create a public bronze sculpture that would encapsulate the reality of gender-based violence in our community. The bronze female figure, titled Question Why? will also be included in the exhibition.

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“The response of the community has a powerful influence on the ultimate resolution of the trauma. Restoration of the breach between the traumatised person and the community depends, first, upon public acknowledgement of the traumatic event and, second, upon some form of community action. Once it is publicly recognised that a person has been harmed, the community must take action to assign responsibility for the harm and to repair the injury. These two responses- recognition and restitution- are necessary to rebuild the survivor’s sense of order and justice”.

Judith Herman, Trauma and Recovery, 1992


IMAGE > Güler Altunbas, Chrysalis Restitution, 2019. Image courtesy of the artist.



Altunbas has exhibited regularly across Melbourne and regional Victoria since 2010. Recent exhibition highlights include Small Works, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne (2021); Ether, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Melbourne (2020); A1 Darebin Arts Salon, Bundoora Homestead Arts Centre, online Melbourne (2020), the Australian Muslim Artist Art Prize, Islamic Museum of Australia (2019); Two (Güler Altunbas and Adam Knapper), Skin Gallery, Melbourne (2019); A1 Darebin Arts Salon, Bundoora Homestead Arts Centre, Melbourne (2018); Why Art Exhibition, Skin Gallery, Melbourne (2018-17); Recognition, Camberwell Civic Centre, City of Boroondara, Camberwell (2015); CONNECTED, The Yarra Gallery, Federation Square (2014).

Be brave

IMAGE > Güler Altunbas, Chrysalis; Recognition and Restitution [Installation view].  Image courtesy of the artist.



This exhibition contains themes and images relating to gender-based violence that may be triggering for some viewers.
To seek support: 1800 RESPECT - 1800 737 732 - www.1800respect.org.au
Lifeline - 13 11 14 - www.lifeline.org.au

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