I acknowledge and pay my respect to the Gadigal and Bidjigal people of the Eora Nation, and the Wanngal people. They are the custodians of the land I live and work on. I also pay my respect to Wodi-wodi people of the Yuin Nation on whose land I was born, lived and raised.
Have you ever felt a love for a history, a person or a place so strongly and so deeply, yet that love remains so unfamiliar?A love that you cannot explain. It’s like a homesickness for something that may have never existed, for something you may have never known or for something that is on the edge of ruin. Until the sky falls down on me is about unrequited longing to get closer to your own ancestral history, homelands and family. It is about the bitter-sweetness of the melancholy, he gratefulness and the hope of reaching a new intimacy together within a limited amount of time.This is how Kieran feels living in a time where their world is seemingly on the edge of ruin. This exhibition is Kieran’s imagining of their own Australian-Mauritian familial histories in order to defy, resist and unlearn the melancholy of climate change and colonisation that has been left as a legacy to them. Ultimately the work is about self-awareness, survival and preservation of a history that has had little time for conversation. It is also about the broader conversations the work generates between histories of photography, queerness, colonisation, climate change, unrequited love and where they may speak to one another. This imagining is a future where their queerness, and ancestral histories find a sense of harmony in a time and place that feels like it’s on the edge of falling. I love you more with every breath, truly, madly, deeply, do.