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THE SPACE OF DIFFERENCE, IS THE SPACE OF COLLAPSE
Curated by Shivanjani lal
15 - 26 October 2015
The Narrative of Location is an ambitious project that will travel across 2 states. It will promote the work of 8 artists who live in 3 different cities over 8 exhibitions. This exhibition series will attempt to have conversations about what it means to be of multiple cultures in contemporary Australia. Specifically it will broaden the migrant and minority story and showcase the complexity of this in a context which will engage artworks and ideas which will challenge the viewers understanding of Australia today. Whilst giving agency to a group of emerging and established artists a chance at creating a prolonged dialogue with an audience.
Conversation 3 centres on: The Space of Difference, is the Space of Collapse. Using acts of performance and embroidery artist Liam Benson’s embroideries offer a site of cultural exchange within the gallery space. On the 17th of October, Liam will sit the gallery space inviting audiences to participate in an exchange of ideas collapsing what is known of both the artist and the process of making to create a new works in Liam’s ongoing accumulative embroidery works, whilst having conversations with the artist. For the exhibition series The Narrative of Location curated by Shavanjani Lal, Liam Benson will be discussing site specific cultural exchange through embroidery. Bensons embroideries celebrate, question and challenge the shifting exchange between majority and minority voices within Australia. His pieces also cross over into participatory performance where viewers are invited to contribute to accumulative embroidery works whilst in conversation with the artist.