Azza Zein

PhD Economics
MFA Fine Arts  


I acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which I work, and live, the Boonwurung, and Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. I pay my respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.

Lock Dispersal in Corner Solutions (2022)

Incinerator Gallery

Photos by Lucy Foster

Let me stay locked in
Tangled into other worlds
Flowing out of bodies
In-between skin pores
In this restricted impermanence
I am too comfortable inside these coils
Free me from the solace of isolation
The warm edges of corners
The contingency of meetings.

Lock Dispersal in Corner Solutions is an artistic response to three main components observed and encountered locally and globally as a result of COVID-19 lockdowns: exposed precarious economy; the aggravated distance of events; and the dematerialisation of relationships. Through video, text and immersive installation, Azza Zein continues her practice of ‘re-materialisation’ as a form of revaluing migrant bodies—uprooted human and non-human entities. In recognising the history of migrant materials, the invisible labour that is traced through their skin and their trajectory, the installation imagines an alternative socio-economic system, with poetic and caring gestures.