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Blame the Shadows Collective is made of interdisciplinary artists from across the globe. By collaborating with each other, they tell captivating stories about raw human experiences.  As part of the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival 2022, Blame the Shadows Collective will present ‘The Sky After Rain’ at the Counihan Gallery.

‘The Sky After Rain’ shares the stories of three queer members of the Iranian diaspora: Payam, Shyla, and Shaya. Their stories are told through a combination of interviews, spoken word poetry, moving images, sound design and dance. The work is brought together by choreographer and dancer Tara Jada Samaya, whose body acts as a medium for queer voices and bodies.

‘The Sky After Rain’ explores overarching themes of identity, gender, family, forgiveness, resilience, hope, love and loss.

The Sky After Rain is proudly supported by Australia Council for the Arts, the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, Manningham Council’s Community Grant Program, and Access Health and Community.

Image: Blame the Shadows Collective. The Sky After Rain, 2020. Video still. Photographer: Pippa Samaya

Suitable for

This exhibition includes low-level lighting, which may be disorienting for audiences with low vision. 

This exhibition includes video content. Because of the varied sensory experience on display, this exhibition may be a difficult environment for visitors who experience sensory overload. 

This exhibition includes instances of language that may offend some audiences and instances of partial nudity. 

This exhibition also depicts experiences of bullying and transphobia and may be triggering for some visitors.


Counihan Gallery
Phone: 03 9389 8622

Further information

We are running a dance workshop for this exhibition. To find out more, visit our Dance workshop: Story through movement page.

For more information, you can download the Roomsheet: The Sky After Rain (DOC 20Kb) Roomsheets are exhibition documents that include information such as exhibition statements, artist websites, artwork details and artwork prices.

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

This exhibition is in Gallery 1.