Maroan El Sani
Vernon Ah Kee
This year, in celebration of his 50th anniversary, the Festival launches "Apart, we are together" an exhibition of 13 international artists and collaborations located at 5 contemporary arts organisations in the town. Addressing the theme of the Festival: the heart, the artists in this show express an impulse to connect - with a person, a location, or a state of being. Artists' Week 2010 is a 4 day symposium, each day it will address one of the major themes dominating discussions in contemporary art. "Putsch": provocative, challenging and mischievous, the Brisbane-based collective proppaNOW is comprised of 8 Indigenous artists and agitators.
Apart, we are together
In celebration of the Adelaide Festival's 50th anniversary, the Visual Arts Program presents the inaugural Adelaide International 2010: Apart, we are together, curated by Festival Visual Arts Curator Victoria Lynn.
The exhibition includes the work of 13 international artists, located at five public galleries in Adelaide, Australia: Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Flinders University City Gallery and JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design.
The heart can take us in many directions: memory, secrets, longing, and emotional thresholds. It is with the heart that we forge an aesthetics of courage and sustenance. What does it take to survive? What forms of resistance and resilience are at work? How do we convey a beating force?
Addressing the theme of the Festival: the heart, the artists in this exhibition express an impulse to connect - with a person, a location, or a state of being. These gestures stem from both compassion and resistance, embracing the spirit of inclusion and hospitality, as well as a celebration of different points of view. The works demonstrate the ways in which artists today are concerned with manifesting renewed senses of connection.
Such assemblages and encounters often result in an unravelling of one world view behind another, not simply to create an alternative, or an amalgam of possibilities, but to invent a different mode of connection that is entangled, intermingled and temporal. It is no accident that much of this work is based in process or performance, in the use of the interview or the documentation of sites and behaviours, for the artists are very much concerned with their contemporary everyday world, even if it is a place they do not belong. As such, they resort to the everyday, modest gesture – sticking, conversing, playing, recording – to create works that emanate from a sense of compassion. This is also about trying to make sense of a world that has such extreme economies of scale, apparent in our civic spaces, contested homelands and global media. Such monumental symbols are countered by un-monumental relations.
Artists: Rossella Biscotti (Italy), Tara Donovan (USA), Nina Fischer and Maroan El Sani (Germany), Julian Hooper (NZ), Iman Issa (Egypt), Donghee Koo (Republic of Korea), Li Mu (People's Republic of China), Lucy + Jorge Orta (UK/France), Raeda Saadeh (Palestine), Praneet Soi (India/Netherlands), Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Thailand).
The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.
Anne & Gordon
Samstag Museum of Art
26 February-14 March
16 March-30 April
Contemporary Art Centre of SA
25 February-14 March
16 March-1 April
Experimental Art Foundation
26 February-14 March
Flinders University City Gallery
26 February-14 March
15 March-25 April
Craft and Design
26 February-31 March
Sunday & Public Holidays
"The worst type of censorship is not from the police, the government bureaucrats, the Censorship Board, the church or the community; it comes from within. We won't censor ourselves." Gordon Hookey, 2009.
Provocative, challenging and mischievous, the Brisbane-based collective proppaNOW is comprised of eight Indigenous artists and agitators. All accomplished individual artists, the collective's work confronts the mainstream misconceptions, stereotypes, urban myths, romanticised views and institutionalised racism of colonial Australia.
Putsch - the very first exhibition presented by proppaNOW in its current composition outside of Queensland - is indeed an uprising in which the definitions and expectations of Aboriginal art held by White society have been interrogated and overthrown with a new vision dictated by the artists on their own terms through revolutionary painting, sculpture, performance, photography, installation, printmaking and video installation.
proppaNOW challenges us through thoughtful confrontation that offers new perspectives on how we, as an undivided community, define 'Aboriginal' art.
"proppaNOW provides a constantly innovative approach to Aboriginal art and urban expression in Australia, and the position that is ascribed to Aboriginal people and culture within the national Australian context."
Vernon Ah Kee, 2004.
Curator Liz Nowell
Vernon Ah Kee, Tony Albert, Bianca Beetson, Richard Bell, Andrea Fisher, Jennifer Herd, Gordon Hookey, Laurie Nilsen
National Aboriginal Cultural Institute
26 February - 2 May
daily 10.00am - 5.00pm
Art in the Global Present
Artists' Week has a new look, timeframe and location in 2010. At its core is a four day symposium, Art in the Global Present, presented at the Hawke Building, University of South Australia. Taking place over the opening weekend of the Festival, this symposium not only features international keynote presentations, but also many artists visiting Adelaide as part of the Festival's Visual Art Program.
In the weeks leading up to, and following this symposium are several workshops with international artists and scholars, in partnership with Helpmann Academy for Visual & Performing Arts. Specifically targeted at final year tertiary students and emerging artists, these workshops will provide opportunities to develop new skills and perspectives. In addition, the Art Gallery of South Australia presents its Adelaide Biennial artists' talks and performances in parallel with our symposium.
The 'week' has transformed into an interrelated set of events that not only aim to raise the profile of visual arts in the Festival, but also provide audiences with a range of stimulating and current perspectives on art.
Art in the Global Present considers some of the most significant issues for contemporary art today: the global, collaborative, virtual and intangible. Each day is dedicated to a single topic: Day One - Art & Politics, Day Two - The Open Studio, Day Three - Participatory Cultures and Day Four - At the Edge of Reason. These topics will be considered through both broad discussion and specific examples by a range of scholars, artists, curators and critics.
This program will focus on how contemporary art is produced in the context of intense globalisation. It will examine the impact of migration, the 'war on terror' and global financial crisis as well as questioning the transformations produced by new forms of flexible labour and the digital revolution. The aim is to reflect on the interaction between diverse forms of art and politics. This is not to claim that art is now doing the work of politics but rather to see how art is part of public culture; to consider the ways it expresses indigenous and non-indigenous voices, complex emotions and new ideas within contemporary debates.
This symposium provides the opportunity to reflect on how artists also operate at the intersection between local and global perspectives. Artists might present local content in the face of global frameworks, or join with various groups to form collaborative situations. At other times they turn to the virtual environment not simply to network, but also to re-think the real spaces of our cities. Art is speculative. It delves into regions that our everyday media cannot even imagine, and seeks new trajectories through aesthetic means, responding to specific narratives in the global present.
Art in the Global Present will search for new connections across art forms and the situations in which they are produced and exhibited. We hope for interaction and exchange from diverse perspectives and disciplines. Such conversations will highlight the current paths along which contemporary artists travel: social, local, virtual, archival, imaginary, passionate and elusive.
Convenors VICTORIA LYNN & NIKOS PAPASTERGIADIS
Day Four Convenors CHARLOTTE DAY & SARAH TUTTON
Associate LUCY GUSTER
Research for Artists' Week has been supported by Victoria Lynn's fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, and for Nikos Papastergiadis, by School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne.
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