Saloni M presents
Journey to Ithaka
at La Mama Poetica, 205 Faraday
Street, Carlton, Mon, 17 March, 8 pm
7 poets draw from the inspiration
of Cavafy's famous philosophical poem by enjoying the journey rather than
the destination, celebrating the process rather than the outcome, relishing
experience rather than achievement, welcoming later rather than sooner...
The poets are: Joe De Iacovo,
Helena Spyrou, Viv Wiles, Ahmed Hashim, Hidayet Ceylan, Matt Hetherington,
and hosted by Angela Costi
M Panels and Forums (July 2008)
A series of
discussions examining the artist with the international perspective
M Exhibits (September 2008)
space will be adorned with the art of the ‘mati’ – the evil eye – which
has many resonances
for Mediterranean and Middle Eastern artists.
Since the huge success
of the Saloni M 2005 event,
which packed out the North Melbourne Town Hall, the Saloni M collective
has unfolded to allow its individual artists to explore their own artistic
terrain and to reconvene in 2008 to further their collaboration.
In the meantime,
many of the artists in the collective have pursued their personal artistic
goals. Some of these artists and their achievements are:
artist: Connie Mitropoulos
30 x 21cm
She was one
of four artists chosen to exhibit at the 'Our Backyard' event organised
by Multicultural Arts Victoria as part of their MIX IT UP celebration
for 2006. In 2007, she recently exhibited a photographic work entitled
'ThemiShadow' at the Kodak Salon held at the Centre of Contemporary Photography
in Fitzroy, Melbourne.
He has been as active as ever on the filmmaking front, completing two
feature films in recent times -- Blue
Notes (2006), and A
Nocturne (2007). Blue Notes picked up several awards at
the Melbourne Underground Film Festival in July 2006. A Nocturne
was the Opening Night film of the Melbourne Underground Film Festival
in September 2007. This amazing vampire story was written with fellow
Saloni M artist, Ali Alizadeh.
He has continued to publish his writing far and wide, and had a critically
acclaimed book of poetry published by Salt publishing, titled Eyes
in Times of War. He has also published a book of translations from
Persian with Kenneth Avery, titled Fifty Poems of Attar. Ali is
now based in Ankara, Turkey teaching at Bilkent University.
She is currently
the writer in residence at the Carlton Public Housing Estate, Melbourne,
which is earmarked for demolition. Together with Angela Bailey, photographer,
they recently launched The Pink Room, an exhibition of their creative
work while based at this Housing Estate. At the Emerging Writers’ Festival
2007, Helena delivered a workshop which examined the process of how
Saloni M accesses its wide and diverse audiences for each of its events.
She has continued
to publish and perform her poetry, and has recently launched her poetry
collection, Honey and Salt, which is part of the Five Islands Press:
New Poets Series. At the Emerging Writers’ Festival 2007, Angela delivered
a paper on Saloni M and its perception as being part of the ‘Spunky New
Ghetto’ in arts and literature.