Victoire arrived in Australia in 1970, a time when Australia was emerging as a country, eager to trial Multiculture as a positive influence in her shores.
Little did she know that this period of her life would develop her personal choices away from safe, familiar paths and direct her to an exciting creative path. She discovered a passion for visual arts and writing, working to combine visual images with text for human rights issues and championed the values of Multiculture in Australia while working in education.
She developed her children’s books, Moving House and Crockee’s Country, which explores and celebrates Cairns’ Sense of Place and to preserve its intangible heritage for future generations for the Quensland’s 150-year celebrations.
Although a trained printmaker, she explores a variety of art processes to highlight and uncover her ideas and concepts. Recognizing the need for a national presence she delivered a paper on the value of regional arts. She spearheaded the creation of Inkmasters Inc. Cairns, with biennial Inkfest Print Exhibitions in Cairns celebrating it as a national print hub.
As creative ambassador, her international pursuits in Asia for soft diplomacy and for awareness raising of Migrant and First Nation issues resulted in the On the Edge Tour at the Jaipur festival, Indira Gandhi centre in India and the Tropics to Tropics Tour to Johore. After her residencies in India, Thailand and Malaysia, she received the “Human rights through Art” award from her Malayalee community in Malaysia.
By collaborating with Masakini Theatre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Jute Theatre in Far North Queensland she created Alice in the Antipathies and toured it both in Cairns and Malaysia in 2019.
She continues her advocacy work, now in Dungog, New South Wales by developing projects that ‘disrupt, intervene and initiate change for a positive, social, environmental and political change’ as part of Micro Galleries, a group of international change agents.
Alice in the Antipathies
by Sasi Victoire
A magical transformative story of migration, a curious adventure into another world, a journey to a tender sense of place.