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Pierre Hardy Poworama 2011. Collection of the Bata Shoe Museum, gift of Pierre Hardy.
Photo: Ron Wood. Courtesy American Federation of Arts/Bata Shoe Museumt
The Rise of Sneaker Culture
Until 4 September
Originating at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto and organised by the American Federation of Arts, The Rise of Sneaker Culture is the first museum exhibition in North America, and now in Australia, to examine the sneaker’s complex and fascinating social history, from its origins in the mid-nineteenth century to its role in the present day as a status symbol of urban culture.
Screen Space – Jesper Just
8 July – 10 August
Sirens of Chrome is one of Danish-American video artist Jesper Just’s most compelling works. Just’s work is ambiguous, full of life’s uncertainties, a technique that draws viewers into the story allowing insertion of individual memories and associations into his evocative visuals and forceful soundtracks.
Outside: Matters of the heart in Indigenous art
Opens 29 July
The new Six Seasons Gallery (named after the Noongar six seasons) is a space dedicated to the display and interpretation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art from the State Art Collection. The first display, Outside: Matters of the heart in Indigenous art, includes art that deals with the beauty and importance of the land and environment to Aboriginal people, and touches on some of the practices and rituals that connect people to Country. It also alerts us to the history and experiences of being an outsider in white Australian society.
Screen Space – Richard Bell
12 August – 10 September
One of Richard Bell’s most defining works, Scratch an Aussie, is a playful, serious and challenging video piece that explores racism in Australia. Through the use of jokes, mimicry and word association games between a psychiatrist (Bell) and his patients, viewers witness some of the everyday racist beliefs and jibes about Aboriginal people that operate in Australia today.
Everyone has a history
Part One: Plain Speak
Until 13 August
Plain Speak launched a new annual series at AGWA, Everyone has a history, presenting compelling personal stories told through art. The inaugural show puts Indigenous artists in the spotlight, through 50 powerfully personal works.
Sky and Garden
The second instalment of the Wesfarmers Collection display focuses on the idea of landscape and what contemporary explorations of the theme can show us about our place, tastes and traditions.
Craft & Design Gallery
Until 15 October
Resonant Objects brings together key highlights from AGWA’s furniture collection. Including significant modern and contemporary pieces, it looks at the way the objects express various philosophies of being and making whilst also existing as artistic statements in their own right
Jesper Just Sirens of Chrome 2010 (digital still). RED transferred to Blu-ray disc, duration 12:38 minutes with sound. Edition 3 of 7. State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia. Purchased through the TomorrowFund, Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2011.