Cover image of the review
Ali Tahayori, Impossible Desire, 2023, Knulp. Courtesy of Bojan Bozic.

Impossible Desire

15 Jul 2023
Knulp 7 Jul - 23 Jul 2023

Rather than evoking an imaginary homeland frozen in an idyllic moment outside history, what is remembered through queer diasporic desire and the queer diasporic body is a past time and place riven with contradictions and the violences of multiple uprootings, displacements, and exiles.
— Gayatri Gopinath, Impossible Desires (2005).

Across the bend of a white picket fence of Camperdown Oval is a bright and flickering fluorescent glow. The source is Impossible Desire, a solo exhibition-or should I say, screening-of new video installation works by Ali Tahayori currently projecting through the glass façade of the artist-run gallery Knulp. For the duration of the exhibition, Tahayori has transformed Knulp into a lightbox cinema (minus the popcorn) where weekly screenings are scheduled to take place during the gallery’s alternate night-time opening hours of Friday and Saturday between five and eight o’clock. And if you’re lucky like I was, you’ll happen to experience Impossible Desire as a private screening, complete with direct insights from the artist himself.

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