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Rhanjel Villanueva, Halo Halo 2020, digital photograph. Courtesy the artist.

In Transit

Celebrating the limitless potential to transform and adapt.

In Transit will transform Museum of Brisbane’s (MoB) entry into a colourful celebration of cultural diversity and creativity. Presented in partnership with BrisAsia Festival, the exhibition and residency aim to provide a platform for conversation and reflection, using themes of intersectionality, language, displacement and reclaiming history as an opportunity for growth and healing.

Filipino-Australian artist Rhanjell Villanueva will create a captivating entrance to the Museum, combining queer-coded digital imagery and video in an immersive installation. Rhanjell’s exhibition will explore the intricacies of pre-colonial history in the Philippines, highlighting the importance of preserving language and deep transcultural knowledge. Accompanying Rhanjell’s exhibition, MoB will welcome Naavikaran as Artist in Residence. An all-round goddess, community facilitator, writer and creative from India, Naavikaran will develop events, workshops and performance-based responses to activate the space. Their community-focused projects are driven by a desire to create accessible and safe storytelling for identities of various intersections and communities.

Museum of Brisbane presents In Transit in partnership with BrisAsia Stories part of BrisAsia Festival, Brisbane’s premier event for cultural placemaking, creative and artistic innovation.

Presented by Brisbane City Council in partnership with Museum of Brisbane (MoB).

MoB’s Artist in Residence program is supported by Tim Fairfax AC.

SBS is a proud partner of BrisAsia Stories.

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About Naavikaran

Naavikaran is an all-round goddess, community facilitator, writer, theatre producer and choreographer from India, based in Meanjin (Brisbane). Their work creates platforms for accessible and safe storytelling for identities of various intersections and communities.  

As a theatre producer and performer, Naavikaran starred in The Neighbourhood by La Boite Theatre Company, Future Ancestors by Metro Arts Theatre and Tales from the Colony by The Skin-Deep Collective. Their first independently produced theatre production, People of Colours premiered at Brisbane Powerhouse in May 2021.

Naavikaran. Photo: Megan Van De.

About Rhanjell Villanueva

Rhanjell Villanueva is an emerging Filipino artist based in Brisbane, whose practice critically analyses traditional Filipino culture against the language and values of western societies. In response to his upbringing, his practice traverses the intricacies of cultural identity by unravelling post-colonial patterns and cultural conflict. Working across an array of media including sculpture, moving image and video installation, Villanueva materialises deep transcultural knowledge and narratives rooted from oppression and the feeling of displacement.

Rhanjell Villanueva. Photo: Imani Andersen.

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