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CONVERSATION: Socially Engaged Art Practice

Thu 02 March 2017 11am - 12.15pm

Pricing: Members: free / Guests: free

Location: Bradley Forum

Presenter: Alex Seton, Angela Tiatia, Gillian Brown, James Tylor

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Alex Seaton, Someone died trying to have a life like mine, 2013-2014 (detail)
Wombeyan marble, nylon webbing. Dimensions variable. Collection Art Gallery of South Australia

Join this conversation around what it means to have a socially engaged art practice. Presented in partnership with the Samstag Museum who are exhibiting The Ocean after Nature, and Countercurrents as part of the Adelaide Festival 2017.

Curator Gillian Brown will lead a conversation with Alex Seton, Angela Tiatia, and James Tylor who each have work in Countercurrents.

There is growing interest in a socially engaged art practice as more artists focus their work on making an impact on social issues, and perhaps a desire to move beyond existing definitions of both art and the political.

JAMES TYLOR is an Aboriginal – Maori – Anglo photomedia artist. James’ artistic practice examines concepts around cultural identity in Australian contemporary society and social history. He explores Australian cultural representations through his multi-cultural heritage, which comprises Nunga (Kaurna), Māori (Te Arawa) and European (English, Scottish, Irish, Dutch, Iberian and Norwegian) Australian ancestry. James’ work focuses largely on the 19th century history of Australia and its continual effect on present day issues surrounding cultural identity in Australia.

ALEX SEXTON’S artistic practice incorporates photography, video, sculpture and installation to investigate the complex relationship between form and substance. He is best known for his beguiling marble carving, applying his refined craftsmanship to unexpected forms. Blankets, hoodies, inflatables and national flags are rendered in stone, invoking a somatic paradox. By infusing the rich heritage of Classical statuary with contemporary concerns, Seton gives weight to the issues we face here and now.

GILLIAN BROWN is Curator, Samstag Museum of Art and the curator of the Museum’s Adelaide Festival exhibition Countercurrents.

As a multimedia artist, ANGELA TIATIA explores contemporary culture, drawing attention to its relationship to representation, gender, neo-colonialism and the commodification of the body and place. Her work has been exhibited in Cologne, Singapore, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Mexico City, Honolulu, Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland and Wellington.