Trocadero Projects operates on the Traditional lands of the Boon Wurrung and Woi Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation. We offer our respects to Elders past and present, and acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded. Always was, always will be Aboriginal land.

'Trying to listen' / Kalinda Vary

Opening launch: Wednesday 10 July, 6–8PM

Trying to listen is a series of works completed while on a residency at Yellow Brick in Athens, Greece. This series was devised through distance, language, windows and gouache. Trying to listen began with an angsty question that sometimes comes up in my counselling practice: when someone is describing their world, their pain, their view – how do I (the listener) decipher this? And how can I know that I understand this
world adequately?

The paintings in this show are formulated by asking people in my life to describe their immediate view -– in one minute. Afterwards, I write what I can recall from their description, and later still, I turn that notation into a painting. Included in the paintings are the misheard and forgotten bits, the unpaintable bits and, miraculously, sometimes, the uncanny alignment of view and description.

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Kalinda Vary is an artist who currently lives and works in Narrm. Kalinda is working across mediums, including performance and painting, in an attempt to capture the relational aspects between people. Increasingly, Kalinda’s practice is influenced by her work as a trauma counsellor. Previously, Kalinda has had solo exhibitions with Kings ARI; TCB art inc; Yellow Brick (Athens) and with Bus. Kalinda was a member of the Band Presents (2017-2019) and was a board member of TCB gallery (2015-2020).

Image credit: Gerard Elson, 'view from changi airport', 2024, iPhone 6 photograph.