Gunybi Ganambarr's work uses wood from mining and building sites to reference these industries' impact on Aboriginal care of the land. The clan design denotes custodianship of Country predating colonialism and mining by tens of thousands of years.
Encountered at first in the abstract, the work is offered by Floyd as 'a spell or invocation,' one that conjures a different future while reminding us that language is a system through which world views are shaped and expressed. Australian artist Emily Floyd is influenced by social science and often draws on sociology, anthropology and feminist writing. This work is Kesh Alphabet. It takes inspiration from Ursula Le Guin's 1985 novel Always Coming Home, a feminist science fiction story on a future matriarchy.
Missing Melbourne today. Throw back to the African Music and Cultural festival.
The harm of a censorship system is not just that it impoverishes intellectual life; it also fundamentally distorts the rational order in which the natural and spiritual worlds are understood. The censorship system relies on robbing a person of the self-perception that one needs in order to maintain an independent existence. It cuts off one’s access to independence and happiness. - Ai Weiwei
Der Rufer (The Caller) is dedicated to torture victims and survivors on the first United Nations Day in Support of Torture Victims. Created by sculptor Gerhard Marcks, it stands outside the Art Gallery of Western Australia.
Art is not an end. Creativity is part of human nature. - Ai Weiwei