Wednesday 17 - 27 May, 2017
Wednesday: 10am –6pm
Thursday: 10am – 9pm
Friday: 10am –10pm
Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Welcome to Country by Aunty Carolyn Briggs
Followed by LISTEN showcase: Squidgenini and Slimbillgates (until 7:30pm);
And performances by Georgia Banks and Sue Callinan in the White Box.
Exhibition text by Katie Paine at Testing Grounds.
Curated by Anabelle Lacroix and directed by Maria Miranda.
An Act of Showing is an exhibition which will stage a ‘material conversation’ between artist-run initiatives (ARIs), an Aboriginal Art Centre and ARIs in the Asia Pacific. The project embodies and provokes conversations about place: how does place matter for artists? Why do ARIs exist in specific places? What is the place of practice?
For this exhibition artists and ARIs were invited to respond creatively in any form of their choice – video, performance, installation, painting and so on. Collectively, these works express a 'radical localism', a term coined by Chris Kraus who has argued for the geography of art-making to be fully considered (Kraus, 2012). For her, the process, location and purpose of art, all matter and are inter-dependent.
The project includes a symposium and a publication (forthcoming.)
With contributions from AirSpace Projects, Articulate Project Space, Blak Dot Gallery, BLINDSIDE, Boxcopy, BUS Projects, c3 Contemporary Art Space, Cementa, FELTspace, The Garage, Open-Contemporary Art Center (Taipei), One Place After Another, Raygun Projects, Ruang MES 56 (Yogyakarta), Sawtooth, The Laundry Art Space, Trocadero Art Space, The Walls, Waringarri Arts, Watch This Space and West Space.
This project was developed as part of a 3-year Australian Research Council project, The Cultural Economy of Australian Artist Run Initiatives directed by Maria Miranda at the Victorian College of the Arts.
This research project was funded partially by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
This project is supported by the City of Melbourne Annual Arts Grants Program.