Exhibition - Ayman Kaake: In their Names

Next date: Sunday, 03 March 2024 | 01:00 PM to Sunday, 03 March 2024 | 06:00 PM

Ayman Kaake The Prayer Rug 2022. Print on fabric, 140xcm x 210cm (detail)

We proudly present our 2024 Midsumma Exhibition by award-winning photographer Ayman Kaake, at Eltham Library Community Gallery from 26 January until 3 March. 

In this intimate installation, an inner-landscape unfolds about the experience of artist Ayman Kaake, his community and the criminalisation of homosexuality. Ayman’s friends are his models and they hail from a multiple of ethnic backgrounds, identifying as queer, gay and trans. In their Names marks out tenderly the repercussions of the criminalisation of sexuality internationally for the lives of individuals affected.

Ayman Kaake was born in Tripoli, Lebanon and arrived in Australia as a telecommunications engineer graduate in 2011. Enamoured by the camera, he lied to his family to pursue his artistic journey – enrolling in secret in visual arts in Melbourne. Ayman’s initial works were made without an artist community. As a young queer man in a country where he did not speak the language, he used his camera, purchasing his first in 2015, to photograph mainly himself. Ayman knows the experience of what it is to feel oneself a foreigner and be conflicted in ones identification with home. His works evoke borders - those of governance, culture, sexuality and oneself - through water and sand, garments and objects of ritual, and through stones which are precariously balanced on the body. Moreover Ayman reminds us of punishment and danger – the dire consequences of being uncovered and revealed as queer around the world.

Ayman won the Midsumma Australia Post Award in 2022. A book of Ayman’s artworks, published by Tall Poppy Press, will be launched during Photo 2024, an international photography festival. The book includes images from this very exhibition.  In 2022, Ayman won the Brunswick Street Gallery Small Works Art Prize. Last year, Ayman was a finalist in the Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Art.

The presentation of this exhibition is an initiative of Nillumbik Shire Council and aligns with supporting an equitable and inclusive community where human rights are respected, participation is facilitated, barriers are addressed and diversity is celebrated. This is our inaugural Rainbow Exhibition, applications for 2025 open later this year.

Image: Ayman Kaake The Prayer Rug 2022. Print on fabric, 140xcm x 210cm (detail).


This exhibition is part of our Midsumma program offering. View more Midsumma events.


  • Friday, 26 January 2024 | 10:00 AM - Sunday, 03 March 2024 | 06:00 PM


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