The Islamic Museum of Australia opened their new exhibition on 26 July in Thornbury, Melbourne, titled “Between Inscription & Gesture.”

The exhibits offer a unique insight into Melbourne’s urban graffiti culture tracing the intersections between tags with traditional Asian and Islamic calligraphy.

If you’ve ever walked through one of Melbourne’s graffiti-covered laneways and wondered about the complex artistic discourse that lies both within and beyond the pieces, then this exhibition is an opportunity to shed light on the complex practices, tools and philosophies behind urban graffiti.

Guest speakers of the exhibition launch included Cr Kim Le Cerf, Mayor of Darebin and Dr Lachlan MacDowall from the University of Melbourne.

IMA Head Curator, Jake Carter said, “By exploring Melbourne’s exceptional graffiti culture, this exhibition seeks to highlight a calligraphic art form sharing many similarities with highly regarded traditions in Islamic and Asian cultures.”

The exhibition hosts commissioned artworks by some of Melbourne’s most significant writers, alongside Arabic calligraphy and exemplary Chinese and Japanese calligraphy on loan from East & West Art and a photographic documentary, covering some of Melbourne’s most significant contributors to the street scene over the past twenty years.

The exhibits of “Between Inscription & Gesture” will be on display from 27 July 2017 till 19 January 2018.