Wednesday, June 18, 2008

FOREIGN AFFAIRS - Tonight Ladies & Gentlemen!

6pm Thursday 19 June
Australian Centre for Photography
257 Oxford St Paddington
Free Admission

In this panel we present a number of artists and curators who have developed innovative projects that cross national boundaries without the support of a major institution. All of these speakers are quite radical (and a bit subversive) in their attitudes and approach and the discussion promises to be lively and challenging.

Hosted by Maurice O’Riordan (Editor, Art Monthly), speakers include Mark McPherson (Hijacked), Danius Kesminas (Punkasila, the Histrionics), Aaron Seeto (Director, Gallery 4A) and renowned Australian artist Fiona Foley.

Fiona Foley is a Brisbane based artist and Adjunct Professor with the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. Her work has been included in institutional exhibitions in Europe and the United States and her sculptural installations and photographs are today represented in all major public collections in Australia. She was a founding member of the Boomalli Urban Aboriginal Artists Ko-op in Sydney and has made a significant contribution to the international promotion of Australian art. Fiona exhibits regularly in Australia and internationally. Her solo exhibition Sea of Love is currently on display at Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane.

Danius Kesminas has worked in the fields of music, painting, sculpture, architecture, arson, film, poetry, theatre, criticism, sport and distillation. Danius is a founding member of the visual-art/music collective Slave Pianos; the concept-art-heritage-rock cover band The Histrionics; the Indonesian post-disaster-rock band PUNKASILA; the Shanghai all-girl noise band The Happy Endings. His most recent project in Phnom Penh entitled POL POP is the collaboration with a former Khmer Rouge propaganda singer fusing hip hop to the despotic rantings of Pol Pot. Danius recently uncovered a clandestine underground vodka pipeline network into Lithuania that was the subject of his exhibition Vodka Sans Frontières.

Aaron Seeto is the director of Gallery 4A, the Asia-Australia Arts Centre, internationally renowned for its innovative exhibition program reflecting Australia's cultural diversity. Gallery 4A maintains a significant and important dialogue with the Asia-Pacific region amongst artists, curators, writers and the general public. Before taking up the reins at 4A in late 2007 Aaron’s curatorial projects included News from Islands, an Asia-Pacific survey at the Campbelltown Arts Centre (2007); Otherworldsothernews, Starkwhite, Auckland NZ (2007) and Primavera at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2006). Aaron is also a practicing contemporary artist.

Mark McPherson is the editor/curator of Hijacked, a diverse and provocative selection of new photography from Australia and America, currently being exhibited at the ACP. Originating as a zine project in suburban Fremantle five years ago Hijacked grew through online and informal networks to eventually encompass the work of 44 Australian and US artists. In 2008 the publication will be launched and the works exhibited in Fremantle, Sydney, New York and Berlin.

Maurice O’Riordan (the Host) is Art Monthly Australia’s fifth full-time editor in the magazine’s 21-year history. He continues to work as a freelance arts writer and has previously worked for a variety of organisations in the arts and health sector, including Northern Territory Writers’ Centre, Northern Editions Printmaking Workshop, Charles Darwin University School of Art and SH. Ervin Gallery, Sydney. Curatorial projects have included (with Gary Lee) Love Magic Erotics and Politics in Indigenous Art (1999) and Nice Coloured Dolls (2004). He has never had an overseas residency and barely conceals his jealousy about those who have.

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