Tracey Goes over the Horizon to Venice

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 24.03.17

Indigenous photographer and film-maker, Tracey Moffatt has revealed just a few hints (and one image) of her contribution to this year's prestigious Venice Biennale. Called 'My Horizon', she has used a studio in the National Parks complex on Middle Head, Sydney, to build up two 'photodramas' and two films with which she'll “animate” Australia's new Pavilion at the heart of the Biennale. “The exhibition explores journeys – both legal and illegal – and alludes to issues of race and gender, sexuality, desire, identity, human connection and estrangement”, curator Natalie King explained. ‘Hell’, the work revealed by her at the studio today, is one of 12 large scale photographs from the series 'Passage' which is set in a mysterious dockland. A mother, a motorcycle police officer and a sharply dressed character whom the artist calls ‘the middleman’ enact a drama that is, in Moffatt's own words, “as old as time itself. People throughout history and across cultures have always escaped across borders to seek new lives.” The Queensland-born Moffatt herself, of course, had a meteoric early 'escape' to the Cannes Film Festival with her film 'Night Cries' in 1989 and took off for the world (well, 12 years in New York) following the success of her luminous, multi-faceted self-portrait in the same year in a red and black cheongsam as part of the photodramatic series, 'Something more', revealing her dreams of escape from suburban Brisbane. Now it seems Moffatt has returned with a “truly global perspective” and a “ferocious commitment” to start her stories from the place chosen as their setting plus a touch of her own family history before taking herself into the realm of the imagination to create fictive narratives in the style of old movies. The end results will be “open to interpretation...escape, the future, dreaming?”, she teased» Read More

 

Hector Burton

Hector Burton

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 23.03.17

It is with great regret that AAD reports the death of one of the great men of the APY Lands – Hector Tjupuru Burton: Red Ochre laureate, artist, traditional elder, Christian pastor and polemicist. It has to be recalled that...» Read More

 

INDIGENOUS STORIES IN CLAY

INDIGENOUS STORIES IN CLAY

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 14.03.17

When a gallery that specialises in three dimensional art – whether in glass or clay – puts its mind to the Indigenous realm, then the result is likely to be pretty comprehensive. Anna Grigson from Sydney's Sabbia Gallery used to...» Read More

 

50,000 YEARS IN A HAIR

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 11.03.17

Here is how the prestigious international magazine, 'Nature' announced one of the most fascinating scientific projects revealing Australia's extraordinary Indigenous past on March 8th: “Aboriginal Australians represent one of the longest continuous cultural complexes known. Archaeological evidence indicates that Australia...» Read More

 

JASPER JONES

JASPER JONES

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 07.03.17

Is this new Australian film an Aboriginal film? It's a good question. For it's named after the “mixed race outcast” (played by Aaron McGrath from the excellent 'Gods of Wheat Street' and 'The Secret River' on TV) and is directed...» Read More

 

MR TIMMS PASSES

MR TIMMS PASSES

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 07.03.17

Senior Gija artist Mr Timms (Ngarrmaliny) passed away unexpectedly last week at Halls Creek, bringing to an end one of The Kimberley's longest and most prestigious art careers. Mr Timms was a founding member and Chairman of Jirrawun Arts, a...» Read More

 

National Indigenous Art Gallery for Alice Springs?

National Indigenous Art Gallery for Alice Springs?

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 26.02.17

The relatively new Northern Territory Labor Government’s $50 million election commitment to build an Iconic National Indigenous Art Gallery is a major step closer with the announcement of two prominent Aboriginal Central Australians as Co-Chairs for the project's Steering Committee....» Read More

 

QUICKSILVER

QUICKSILVER

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 24.02.17

Nicolas Rothwell surprises, delights...and frustrates. The premiere writer about Indigenous culture in the country has written a book (though it's advertised as a collection of essays) which is poised on the brink of being a definitive study of the relationship...» Read More

 

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Industry Corner: Exhibition

Tracey Goes over the Horizon to Venice

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 24.03.17

Indigenous photographer and film-maker, Tracey Moffatt has revealed just a few hints (and one image) of her contribution to this year's prestigious Venice Biennale. Called 'My Horizon', she has used a studio in the National Parks complex on Middle Head,...» Read More

Industry Corner: Industry

Hector Burton

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 23.03.17

It is with great regret that AAD reports the death of one of the great men of the APY Lands – Hector Tjupuru Burton: Red Ochre laureate, artist, traditional elder, Christian pastor and polemicist. It has to be recalled that...» Read More

Events: Event

Japanese 'Didg' Star in Sydney

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 07.02.17

News Source: Press Release Japanese artist and musician, Hiroki Morimoto, more popularly known as the artist Goma, is being brought to Sydney for the first time by The Japan Foundation for a special performance of his didgeridoo music for one...» Read More

Events: Event

LOTS HAPPENING

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 04.09.15

So much news to share with you, I'm having to collate it all into a single story: 1. The Istanbul Biennial is about to hit the headlines as Sydney's last Biennale did – with action by the artists involved in...» Read More

 

Upcoming Exhibitions

INDIGENOUS STORIES IN CLAY

14.03.17 INDIGENOUS STORIES IN CLAY
Sabbia Gallery, 120 Glenmore Road, Paddington, Sydney
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