SALA artist: Yusuf Ali Hayat
Posted on: Sat 24 Jul 2021
Yusuf Ali Hayat’s work integrates photography, video, painting and architectural approaches to sculptural form. His show Emplacement/Kuarna Yarta is set to open at the Yarta Purtli Cultural Centre as part of the SALA festival. Dates are subject to COVID-19 restrictions, and updates can be found on the gallery’s Facebook page.
Through large-scale scupltural forms, light-based installation, and paintings Hayat’s work has sought to problematise the migrant other’s relationship to the Australian colony, considering cultural translation, language and the shifting boundaries of hospitality. The current body of work, set to open as part of SALA, furthers this idea of em-/dis PLACE(ment) specifically in relation to living on and benefitting from unceded Kaurna Yarta.
Hayat is also currently a PhD candidate at the University of South Australia with a research focus on migrant narratives, transcultural aesthetics and intersubjectivity in art.
He speaks to us ahead of his show about the typical, imagined migrant, the public/private selves of the migrant ‘other’, modernist traditions, welcoming someone into your home, and reckoning with belonging on unceded Kaurna land.
Produced by Anisha Pillarisetty