Image: Steph Fuller, Quiet Street (detail), 2013. Photograph: courtesy the artist.
Tuesday 27 October 2020 – Friday 26 February 2021
Location: Adelaide Town Hall, Mankurri-api Kuu (Reconciliation room) and First Floor Gallery, 128 King William Street, Adelaide
Featuring: Steph Fuller, Jonathan Kim, Hailey Lane, Tara Rowhani-Farid, Jane Skeer, Darren Siwes, Rhoda Tjitayi and Tony Wilson
Curated by ART WORKS 2020 Emerging Curator Steph Cibich
Like it or not, things have changed. The current pandemic has impacted every aspect of contemporary life. Since the birth of the Industrial Revolution, more and more people are living in dense urban city centres. Now, COVID-19 has capsized how we go about our daily lives. It has called into question our deep-seated methods of contact and the way in which we navigate and experience our domestic, urban and ecological environments, forcing us to find new meanings and new ways of working in the wake of this existential virus.
S P A C E S explores the way we navigate through and experience our surroundings.
Examined through the lens of emerging and established South Australian artists, the works in this exhibition resonate with existing interpretations of ‘everyday spaces’ and encourage new meanings which align with a globalised, COVID-safe environment. Inspired by conversations between ARTWORKS Emerging Curator, Steph Cibich and Artist in Residence, Jane Skeer, S P A C E S conveys an eclectic representation of personal and shared experiences.
S P A C E S includes work by Steph Fuller, Jonathan Kim, Hailey Lane, Tara Rowhani-Farid, Jane Skeer, Darren Siwes, Rhoda Tjitayi and Tony Wilson. Together, these artists offer a reflection of our pre-COVID way of life, and advocate for continued agility, empathy and creative thinking during these challenging times.
The collective power of these works inspire new ways of navigating future S P A C E S whilst offering a poignant demonstration of the ways in which art is a necessity to make meaning in our darkest hours.
This exhibition is presented at the Adelaide Town Hall as part of the 2020 ART WORKS Emerging Curator Program, delivered by Guildhouse in partnership with the City of Adelaide. Curated by Steph Cibich.