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Join us for the launch of 'Embrace', 'K is for Kitab Tabakh' and 'Kill Me Softly'.

In 'Embrace', Cyrus Tang explores the act of hugging within the Chinese cultural context. Through a complex exploration of intimacy, Tang turns the common Australian greeting into a powerful ritual between herself and her family.

In 'K is for Kitab Tabakh', Deanna Hitti​ transforms the gallery into a 'kitab tabakh' (cookbook), inspired by her mother's traditional Lebanese family recipes. Hitti’s experience of growing up in two cultures is both a personal one and a collective one. The exhibition is an exploration of diverse cultural identities in contemporary Australia.

'Kill Me Softly' by Ali Tahayori combines the traditional Iranian craft of Āine-Kāri (mirror-works) with video installation. Tahayori’s practice encompasses a discourse about diaspora and displacement with an exploration of queerness – in both cases, poignantly testifying to his experience of being othered.

To learn more about the exhibitions visit our Embrace exhibition page, our K is for Kitab Tabakh exhibition page, or our Kill Me Softly exhibition page. 

Opening event

Speeches begin at 2.30pm with a Welcome to Country by Wurundjeri Elder.

Cr Adam Pulford, Mayor of Merri-bek City Council, will officially launch the exhibitions.

Did we mention there will be a tipple or two from Noisy Ritual and some snacks from Zaatar?

Accessibility information

This event will be interpreted in Auslan.

For more information about the accessibility of our venue, please visit our Access and inclusion at the Counihan Gallery page.


Counihan Gallery
Phone: 03 9389 8622

Further information

For exhibition updates you can follow the Counihan Gallery Instagram page. You can also go to the Counihan Gallery Facebook page.

For further information about these exhibitions, visit our What's on at the Counihan Gallery page.