Set as a material conversation between Artist Run Initiatives (ARIs) and Aboriginal Art Centres in Australia and the Asia-Pacific, this 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?
Writer Chris Kraus’s radical localism points to the importance of the local places of art-making compared to global-centrism noting that ARIs create 'an opportunity to remain in one’s own community and assert an alternative ethos.' This ethos is crucial to the survival of art because ARIs create a sustainable and rich culture built from the ground up.
This exhibition includes creative responses from AirSpace Projects, Articulate Project Space, BUS Projects, Blak Dot Gallery, BLINDSIDE, Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Cooperative, Boxcopy,
c3 Contemporary Art Space, Cementa, FELTspace, Garage Gallery, Katie Paine, One Place After Another, Open-Contemporary Art Centre (Taipei), Raygun Projects, Ruang MES 56 (Yogyakarta), Sawtooth, Trocadero Art Space, The Laundry Art Space, The Walls, Waringarri Arts, Watch This Space, West Space and more...
Curated by Anabelle Lacroix
A research project directed by Maria Miranda
Design by Elwyn Murray
This project is supported by The City of Melbourne. It has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body and was funded partially by the Australian Research Council.
The exhibition opening event takes place on Wednesday May 17, featuring a host of live performances. The event will be opened by Aunty Carolyn Briggs.
** Followed by a LISTEN presents showcase until 7:30pm**
squidgenini ~ http://soundcloud.com/
slimbillgates ~ http://slimbillgates.com/
And performances by Georgia Banks and Sue Callanan in the White Box.
Roundtable Symposium Saturday 20 May, 3pm–6pm
More info on the website www.act-of-showing.net
** FREE ADMISSION **
** FULLY ACCESSIBLE **