Mireille Astore: Not from Here
Not From Here is a video based on an undated historical photograph found in the archives of the Broken Hill City Library in outback Australia. The photograph of a group of 12 young women and one young man was probably taken around the beginning of the 20th century.
It is an artwork that attempts to negotiate displacement, exile, migration and identity formation using a historical narrative. Unleashing the unheimlich through repetition, it emphasises the multiplicity of moods, characters and representations that can be inhabited in the same individual and at the same time. Dislocating the “prim and proper”, it challenges assumptions about race, gender and class. The photograph, as a tool for the suspension of time and an inert authoritative object is also contested as it morphs before our very eyes.
text by Mireille Astore
Born in 1961, Beirut, Lebanon
Lives and works in Melbourne, Australia
Mireille Astore (Beirut, 1961) (Arabic: ميراي استور) is an artist and a writer. She left Beirut during the Lebanese civil war in 1975 to live in Melbourne, Australia. She studied the Sciences at the University of Melbourne where she graduated before becoming a full-time artist and writer. Influenced by Continental Philosophy, her art draws on autobiographical notions of representation and the unheimlich; where the conscious intersects with the unconscious. Through her art and her writing she "explores human emotions" and "asks what it is to be human".