1 February 2018
12 Works by Lara Chamas
Lara Chamas | according to your taste | screen print foil on faux Persian rug | 2016
Screen printed upon faux Persian rugs, purchased from Bunnings, is my mother’s hummus recipe, transcribed and edited down, written in her voice like a story. Rugs and hummus are the most palatable aspects of Arabs in Australia, both have been bastardised and commodified into mass produced products, and are symbols of tokenism. This work was made in edition of 10 for a gallery fundraiser. The repetition, production, and distribution achieved by screen printing, and use of the Bunnings rugs, mimic that of a story, or recipe being told. The rug sale to a generally white middle class art audience was essential to the concept of the work, implicating the audience it was made for. All rugs sold.