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UA NUMI LE FAU
06.05.2016 – 25.06.2016
Exhibition Dates: 6 May–25 June 2016
Exhibition Opening: Friday 6 May 6–8pm with Welcome to Country by Wurundjeri Elder, Aunty Diane Kerr.
Curated by: Léuli Eshraghi
Artists: Yuki Kihara, Carlos Motta, Frédéric Nauczyciel, Mandy Nicholson, Dale Harding, Atong Atem, Megan Cope and Robbie Thorpe.
Gertrude Contemporary is pleased to present, Ua numi le fau, an exhibition developed through Next Wave’s Emerging Curators Program with Gertrude Contemporary for Next Wave Festival 2016.
The exhibition title, Ua numi le fau, is a Samoan expression, literally translating to ‘the string tying the lupe pigeon (prized in Samoa) is entangled' yet metaphorically meaning, 'the affair is complicated and difficult'.
Ua numi le fau considers bodies and kinships through sexuality, spirituality and ecology. Articulated in multiple local and migrant languages and mediums this exhibition reflects on the heritage and practice of Aboriginal civil rights, the union movement and queer rights from Wurundjeri territory of Fitzroy, Collingwood and Abbotsford out into the wider world.
Curator, Léuli Eshraghi, brings together eight local and international artists that draw on First Nations and diasporic cultural traditions in imagining complex futures through performance video, photography and textile artworks. These works explore what kinds of histories have reached us in the present, and which futures we are constructing in our relationships with each other, with our bodies, and with our environment. The artists include, Yuki Kihara (Apia and Tamaki Makaurau Auckland), Carlos Motta (Mannahatta New York), Frédéric Nauczyciel (Paris), Mandy Nicholson (Narrm Melbourne), Dale Harding (Mianjin Brisbane), Atong Atem (Narrm Melbourne) Megan Cope (Narrm Melbourne) and Robbie Thorpe (Narrm Melbourne).
Léuli Eshraghi is a Samoan and Persian artist, curator and PhD candidate at Monash University Art Design and Architecutre (MADA). His practice is centred on indigeneity, language, body, soverignty, and queer possibility. He has exhibited in Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand and the United States. Highlights include The Bill: For Collective Unconscious at Artspace NZ and Future Achaeology at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney. Recent curatorial projects include Vai Niu Wai Niu Coconut Water at Kabul-dja Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, Queensland; So Fukin Native at Blak Dot Gallery, Melbourne; and Wilin 10 at No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne.
Next Wave's long running and highly successful Emerging Curators Program provides the most comprehensive development opportunity for young curators in Australia. Curators are supported to develop research-driven curatorial projects that span broad fields of practice, with one of five partner organisations including Gertrude Contemporary.
This exhibition is supported by the Victorian Govenment through Creative Victoria, the City of Melbourne, the Curatorial Practice program at Monash University Art Design and Architecture (MADA), the City of Yarra, the Embassy of France in Australia, the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), and the Alliance Française de Melbourne.
Auslan interpretation on opening night, Friday 6 May, 6pm. Wheelchair accessible via the front entrance, 200 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy.
Image: Frédéric Nauczyciel, A Baroque Ball [Shade] (film still), 2014
21.05.2016 – 11.06.2016
Exhibition dates: 21 May – 11 June 2016
Exhibition opening: Saturday 21 May 5–7pm
GERTRUDE GLASSHOUSE: 44 GLASSHOUSE ROAD, COLLINGWOOD
Gertrude Contemporary is pleased to present, Negative Approach at Gertrude Glasshouse.
This project takes its name from the foundational American Hardcore Punk band, Negative Approach and examines how the intent and aesthetic residue of Heavy Metal and Punk continues to manifest in art and culture as a methodological approach to making and art.
With only ever releasing one studio album (Tied Down, 1983) much of what remains of Negative Approach lies across scattered compilations, demos and bootlegs. This project brings together ten artists to chart a similar course through contemporary practice, exploring subcultural influence and material focus across both practice and medium.
The artists include:
- Colleen Ahern
- Lane Cormick
- Pat Foster and Jen Berean
- Marco Fusinato
- Tony Garifalakis
- Jason Greig
- David Mutch
- Dan Price
- Jensen Tjhung
Curated by Dan Price and Shae Nagorcka.
GERTRUDE GLASSHOUSE: 44 Glasshouse Road, Collingwood
OPENING HOURS:Thursday–Saturday, 12–5pm