11 NOV - 24 DEC
BY ANDREW VARANO
SOPHIE CASSAR, CLARE MILLEDGE, PAKUI HARDWARE, SHANA MOULTON, JESS TAN, ANICKA YI
Remedial Works is an exhibition that groups an international set of artists working together to understand the novel and specific materials of contemporary global societies, and how these materials and their embedded meanings can affect human bodies and relationships. Human bodies are now placed within a unique environment of surfaces and substances – from rare earth metals and the ingredients of modern food science to pheromones, hormones, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals – equally palliative and poisonous and all connected to capital.
Recognising the maxim ‘the dose makes the poison’, Remedial Works looks at the FIne line between a material’s capacity to repair or pollute both bodies and land. While recognising that most of us are situated within the systems of industrial production and consumption, Remedial Works asks, in light of this, what role can art making perform towards remediation and healing?
Jess Tan, luxury waste and contained emotions, (detail) 2016-17.
sad balloon, garden weed, earthenware clay, amethyst, PVC plastic, 118 hand sewn tears lled with glitter, glass ash tray and debris from install.
Image courtesy of the artist.
I DON’T WANT TO BE THERE WHEN IT HAPPENS
11 NOV - 24 DEC
MIKALA TAI, KATE WARREN, EUGENIO VIOLA
RAQS MEDIA COLLECTIVE, REENA SAINI KALLAT, RAJ KUMAR, SONIA LEBER & DAVID CHESWORTH, MITHU SEN, ADEELA SULEMAN, ABDULLAH M I SYED
Presented by Perth Institute of Contemporary Art in Partnership with 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney.
Starting from the fragile and complex socio-political relationship between India and Pakistan in the era of contemporary warfare, I don’t want to be there when it happens investigates, in a broader sense, the psychology of trauma.
In response to the 70th anniversary of the Partition of India (14 August 1947), this exhibition features artists from both Pakistan and India whose evocative practices convey the profound existential unease of our age, either directly or indirectly.
I don’t want to be there when it happens reaffirms the rejection of violence as well as the need for more effective and profound structures for dialogue through conscious acts of engagement.
Adeela Suleman After all it’s always someone else who dies (2017)
Hanging steel, dimensions variable, installation view.
This artwork has been commissioned by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney and supported by The Keir Foundation. Photo: Kai Wasikowski.