RAAFAT ISHAK: CHICKEN RIVER
29.06.2018 – 04.08.2018
Foundational within Rafaat Ishak’s practice is an interest in and knowledge of Arabic and Western art histories, and the evolving contemporary collisions and mutations through migration and points of conflict. Through painting, drawing and installation, Ishak has created a unique visual language that explores concepts of cultural intersectionality, recontextualising cultural motifs from the Middle East and the West to reflect upon a more porous global context, yet one still marred by ideological differences. For his project at Gertrude, Ishak continues this interest in cultural transference and the collapsing of historical temporalities, constructing a staircase through the gallery ceiling, enraptured by a suite of paintings that examine an imaging of the 19th century classical revival in Athens and mid 20th century Australian warplane industry.
29.06.2018 – 04.08.2018
With a practice that combines refined techniques of miniature painting and traditional production methods, Khadim Ali has forged an international reputation with a practice that is deeply informed by his own biographical narrative and understanding of historical Middle Eastern literature. As a Hazara, Ali’s family lived in exile in Pakistan, after escaping Taliban persecution in Afghanistan, and his practice reflects upon such historical and present power struggles within the region. His practice is often referenced through the Shahnameh, the Persian Book of Kings, an epic poem composed between 977 and 1010, to consider the rich, complicated and fraught tapestry of global history, in art, as it is in life.
CURATED BY KIMBERLEY MOULTON
17.08.2018 – 23.09.2018
Initiated in 2001, the Octopus series of exhibitions supports ambitious curatorial practice, through engaging an invited curator annually to develop a project that draws upon their research interests and provides a platform for new forms of exhibition making. In 2018 Gertrude is delighted to be working with Kimberley Moulton, a Yorta Yorta woman, and currently the Senior Curator of South Eastern Aboriginal Collections, Melbourne Museum.
Octopus 2018 will feature female First Nations artists who use written and oral languages to both influence their work and shift the white paradigm of ownership in relation to land, bodies and identity. This exhibition will aim to explore the way in which First Peoples can de–centre the western art canon through the intersection of art practice, language and cultural knowledge and highlight the significant role women play in the assertion of Sovereignty.
CURATED BY MARK FEARY
ZZZZZ: SLEEP, SOMNAMBULISM, MADNESS
05.10.2018 – 03.11.2018
Zzzzz: Sleep, Somnambulism, Madness assembles and commissions works by a selection of Australian and international artists to explore the representation of the sleeping figure within contemporary art, and how artists attempt to explore ideas of the subconscious, sleep psychosis and altered states. Other works within the exhibition explore the politics of sleep in our rapidly evolving times, to consider the impacts of work and economic pressures upon relaxation, but also in terms of the consequences of sleep deprivation as a form of military persecution.
REBECCA AGNEW, MATHIEU BRIAND, DEANNE BUTTERWORTH, BETH CAIRD, GEORGINA CUE, GREATEST HITS (GAVIN BELL, JARRAH DE KUIJER AND SIMON MCGLINN), EUGENIA LIM, ANDREW LIVERSIDGE, JAMES NGUYEN, SPIROS PANIGIRAKIS, STEAPHAN PATON, ANDRE PIGUET, MARK SHORTER, ISADORA VAUGHAN, JAHNNE PASCO- WHITE AND SIMON ZORIC.
GERTRUDE STUDIOS 2018
16.11.2018 – 15.12.2018
Gertrude concludes the year with its annual Gertrude Studios exhibition, presenting new and recent works and projects being produced within the 16 studios of the organisation. The exhibition enables a collective snapshot of the practices supported within the program, offering the opportunity to experience a broad diversity of works from leading arts practitioners in Melbourne.