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UTS Library's Creative in Residence - Whispers in the Library by Cherine Fahd

Whispers in the Library

UTS Library is excited to announce the 2020 Creative in Residence project - Whispers in the Library by artist, academic and writer Cherine Fahd, Director of Photography at UTS.

Whispers in the Library is an interactive performance, running over eight consecutive weeks. The artist, Cherine Fahd, inhabits a designated desk space to annotate her musings on love, fear and life. Visitors are invited to take a reflection that speaks to them, insert it into a Library book, and return it to circulation until it eventually finds its receiver. 

Every Friday afternoon, Cherine will inhabit the UTS Reading Room, inviting students and staff to visit her and share her contemplations on life. UTS Library invites the community to return to campus in Spring session in a way that acknowledges and reflects upon this time of increased estrangement and isolation from one another. You are invited to join Cherine for her weekly UTS Reading Room performances throughout August and September 2020.

Participatory Performance: Whispers in the Library by Cherine Fahd. 

Dates: Every Friday during August (7, 14, 21, 28) & September (4, 11, 18, 25) 2020

Time: 12-3pm

Venue: UTS Reading Room, level 5 UTS Central (CB02) access to UTS students and staff only.

Note: Access to the UTS Reading Room is for UTS ID card holders only. Non-UTS card holders can follow the residency through UTS Library’s social media - @utslibrary and #whispersinthelibrary. An exhibition featuring Cherine’s residency will be curated later in the year on level 7 of UTS Central.

More about the artist

Cherine holds a doctorate (PhD) from Monash University, Melbourne and her work has been exhibited and collected by major public institutions in Australia and internationally. Most recently, Cherine was selected for The National 2019: New Australian Art and awarded a residency at The Clothing Store, both through Carriageworks. 

More about the performance

This initial performative stage of the creative project invites the UTS community, incorporating safe social distancing measures, to engage with the artist through her performance and the scholarly and contemplative environment of the UTS Reading Room.

Cherine’s performance reminds us of our shared existence and connectivity and seeks to provoke moments of connection and recognition. Moments of compassion in which a person carefully selects a special thought for a stranger. Moments of warmth in which the unbeknownst reader finds a message of love or care. These potential moments will circulate through time and collection, until forces of fate connect message to receiver - a tangible message, considered and handwritten; an anonymous keepsake, carefully inserted into a knowing book, just for you.