Photography takes a whole new meaning as a cushion, it supports, is sat on, looked at in a context of a home, looked down on, or in an outside setting. I see the world in its surprises the light through the distance, the surprise of the new growth on the old log, my drawings reinterpreted, close=ups distorted and colour made ever so much more lush. I am a photographer, painter and installation artist, but these cushions extend my pallet of expression.
“I was fascinated by how in traditional societies, not only Africa, but also Japan and the west before modernity, when a broken object was repaired, the repair process always kept the trace of the injury,” he explains when we meet in a cluttered, book-filled corner of his studio in Berlin, the city he has lived in since 2010. But while traditional societies repair objects to give them a new life, often incorporating elements of European culture in the process — he shows me a Berber necklace dotted with French francs — the western approach is to discard objects that are damaged, valuing only originals in pristine condition. For Attia, repair has become a metaphor for cultural reappropriation, and resistance.
My entry: Installation: Always protest (when injustice is there)
Moreland Summer Show: Noel Counihan Commemorative Award
The Counihan Gallery In Brunswick’s annual Moreland Summer Show.
Friday 10 November – Saturday 9 December
Opening: Thursday 9 November, 6 – 8 pm
The Counihan Gallery In Brunswick is pleased to announce the inaugural Noel Counihan Commemorative Art Award exhibition.
To be awarded annually, the Noel Counihan Commemorative Award will recognise an outstanding contemporary artwork by an artist who engages with social, political, cultural or environmental subjects.
This year’s theme is PEOPLE – POLITICS – PROTEST.
The 2017 prize is a tailored Professional Development package to the value of $3000. The winner will be announced at the opening of the exhibition on Thursday 9 November.
I received a voucher and free exhibition after my final year work at the VCA was viewed. The exhibition was part photos, part iPad installation. The demands of the protesters to stop the dept. prevent McDonalds, or free the refugees, sat well with the tables in the Go Go Bar, at the Chin Chin restuarant.