Blame the Shadows is a collective comprising interdisciplinary artists from across the globe. Collaborating closely with each other, they employ documentary-based methodologies to tell captivating stories about raw human experiences.

Through their moving-image and screen-based practice, they create socially engaged, meditative, authentic, personal, character-driven, visually rich, and immersive works that explore themes of identity, marginality, and displacement.

Blame the Shadows is interested in making work that emerge from critical discourses at the intersection of contemporary art, cinema, and digital art – expanding traditional definitions and understandings of the art of storytelling.

THE SKY AFTER RAIN is their latest work. A multi-channel, moving-image installation about the stories of queer members of the Iranian diaspora told through recorded audio interviews, spoken word poetry, and choreographed dance.

On residence at the Garambi Baan/Laughing Waters Residency Centre, Blame the Shadows will develop The Place I Carry Within – a major new Virtual Reality (VR) installation piece gently revealing the inner landscapes carried by members of displaced, diaspora, refugee and immigrant communities.

This ambitious new project, co-supported by Footscray Community Arts, marks a shift in the work of Blame the Shadows to new technologies and expanded collaborations.


The Place I Carry Within has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, Office for the Arts through the Rise Fund, and Creative Victoria.


Video Still from The Sky After Rain by Blame The Shadows