Slo Collective, what ties us apart, 2022, 16mm short films, 17min. Courtesy the artists.

what ties us apart


Wed 12 Oct 2022 - Sat 29 Oct 2022


Blindside Gallery
The Nicholas Building
Room 14, Level 7, 37 Swanston Street
Melbourne, Victoria, 3000


Free Exhibition



what ties us apart is the debut exhibition from film collective *slo.* This show is a collection of work that responds to memories over distance. How malleable they become as we stretch their significance. Something steadfast can disintegrate after a moment, but in the same breath, changed context can allow for growth. Each work delves into nuanced movements of grief and connection.

A considered collaborative work, this show is made up of artists responding to the prompt in their respective mediums with each work standing on their own, but experienced best together.

Two 16mm films, The fish that ties its body in knots (dir. Ranima Montes) and What’s in a Name? (dir. Kalu Oji) reflect on Panda Wong’s contrapuntal poem, radiance every day. The space is completed with Helena Inez Abapo’s interactive installation, ∞ chairs, physically embodying the themes of “what ties us apart”.

Slo is made up of filmmakers, Ivy Mutuku, Kalu Oji, Mimo Mukii, Ranima Montes and Gabriel Francis. Together they write lines to be imagined and memorised for the screen.

The featured works are:

The fish that ties its body in knots (dir, Ranima Montes|prod, Mimo Mukii & Ivy Mutuku | dop, Gabriel Francis)
Dreams blend with myth and memories, when Poling and Ligaya remember their estranged older sister. 

What’s in a Name?’ (dir, Kalu Oji |prod, Mimo Mukii & Ivy Mutuku | dop, Gabriel Francis)
Whilst being interviewed for a larger documentary, a young couple rediscover fractures from a forgotten history. 

radiance every day (poem, Panda Wong)
A contrapuntal poem exploring grief & memory, which can be read three ways: the right and left columns as individual poems, or both columns together as a whole poem.

∞ chairs (8 found chairs, ribbon, Helena Inez Abapo)
A gathering of eight collected chairs, tied together with satin ribbon. Guests are invited to sit and move the chairs to view artworks as they please.