Farhad Bandesh is a talented Kurdish visual artist, musician and instrument maker. Farhad is a refugee and has been imprisoned on Manus Island for nearly 6 years by the Australian government.
We are sorry to announce that we have to cancel this event as Rafael was unable to board his flight two days ago as he was informed by Embassy of Australia his son couldn't board due to complications with his visa. This event will hopefully be rescheduled in 2019.
Thank you for your understanding BDG.
WORLD AS I SEE exhibition presents combination of art of journalism joins in the photographic exercise. By: Visiting Mexican artist Rafael Cruz
Blak Dot Gallery presents an exhibition of Frances Tapueluelu’s works - produced in Melbourne following a nine-year stint as a social worker in remote outback communities. A formative time during which Tapueluelu was so emotionally, psychologically and physically affected by her job that she completely detached from her creativity.
A sinking feeling (the politics of risk) will explore the relationship between both the artist and curator's dependence on funding bodies and how that affects the likelihood of creating work that takes risks or offers critiques. The exhibition will engage with the potential 'freedom' that is a by-product of working freelance within the arts in Australia.
As part of Melbourne Fringe, Critical Mass is a collaboration between Blak Dot Gallery, Brunswick Mechanics Institute, Siteworks & Testing Grounds.
Blak Dot Gallery will host Critical Mass: Locked In
In an intensive Big Brother scenario, watch five sets of artists locked away for twelve hours apiece - from 6pm until 6am over a weeklong installation. They will have water, food and materials to create, but they will have no communication with the outside world for the duration of their lock-in. Upon exit, they will leave one piece of work behind for the next artists.
At the conclusion of the creative nights, an exhibition of the resulting works will be held, followed by the Critical Mass rally and after party. See below for dates and times.
View the working artists live through the windows of Blak Dot Gallery or via external video links.
Artists include: Aida Azin, Anna Liebzeit, Colectiva Feminista Cambalache, Constanza Jara, Frances Tapueluelu , Gina Ropiha , Guy Ritani, Kareen Adam, Peter Waples-Crowe, Susan Marco Forrester , Tama Sharman , Tony Tia , Tyson Campbell, Victor E Guzman.
Thursday 13th September:
6pm Lock-in enters
Friday 14th September:
6am Lock-in 1 exits
6pm Lock-in 2 enters
Saturday 15th September:
6am Lock-in 2 exits
6pm Lock-in 3 enters (Lock-in 3 exits Sunday 16th September at 6am)
Thursday 20th September:
6pm Lock-in 4 enters
Friday 21st September:
6am Lock-in 4 exits
6pm Lock-in 5 enters
Saturday 22nd September:
6am: Lock-in 5 exits
2pm EXHIBITION OPENING
3.00pm PUBLIC RALLY
Rally will start on the lawn adjacent to the gallery
5pm AFTER PARTY at the gallery and adjacent lawn
for more info: criticalmass.site
A solo exhibition by Lisa Hilli; Trade beads or slave beads, were used globally by European colonists as a mechanism for the exploitation of labour and goods, they were also used by missionaries for building rapport with indigenous people of the land…
Opens Thursday March 22 – 6.30pm – 8.30pm
“In October 2017 I went to the Te Roopu Raranga Whatu o Aotearoa (National Weavers Hui) in Rotoura, Aotearoa (New Zealand). It was my first weaving hui (meeting). Over three days I laughed, ate, saw amazing taonga (treasures) and learnt more about weaving and myself than I can describe in words.
Exhibition continues Friday 23rd March until Sunday April 8
A Solo Exhibition by Sapna Chandu: Kwality Chai is a playful and subversive exploration of cultural imperialism in a distinctly Australian context. Set in an alternate reality in which Indian culture has taken over Australia, Kwality Chai stages a performance that revolves around the making and serving of tea
Renuka Rajiv and Tama tk Couture
Opening Sat 25th March 2 to 4pm
Tama and Renuka will share a collections of works across drawing, printmaking and painting using paper and fabric. Their work incorporates stylization and repetition into personal narratives. T-shirts and zines will be available for sale on the opening day.
Opening night: Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
In this photographic self-portraiture series created while artist-in-residence at Police Point Shire Park on Boonwurrung country, TextaQueen redresses the ‘nature nude’ and its common form of describing white, feminine fragility.
Through a politically charged, fiercely feminist rap entwined with oestrogen and camouflage, Still I Rise is a music video environment harnessing female and Indigenous power.
Exploring forms of resistance practiced by women and First Nations people around the world, Hannah Brontë presents a formidable future Australia in which an Indigenous woman is Prime Minister, and parliament is entirely female.