Oct
11
to Oct 28

A SINKING FEELING (the politics of risk)

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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. A sinking feeling (the politics of risk) intends to consider such questions as:

How in the current political/artistic climate can artists feel supported to take risks?

How are gallery spaces/artists/curators held accountable for speaking to, and with, diverse communities and engaging in meaningful cross-cultural dialogues?

This exhibition speaks to a sense of political disillusionment held by those who do not feel represented or supported within Australian arts communities. This is due to contributing factors such as a rapid rise of nationalism and a right-leaning, self-serving government. In relation to the 2018 exhibition, ‘Anatomy of Political Melancholy’, curator Katerina Gregos describes this kind of disillusionment as “…a sinking feeling borne from frustration, anger, despair, mistrust, sadness and hopelessness.”

Through their diverse practices each artist will consider themes of social responsibility while engaging with socio-political diversity and risk-taking. The artists demonstrate responsiveness through critical practices and dialogues, while resisting hegemonic interpretations of whichever communities they associate themselves within or outside of.

Blak Dot Gallery, as a not-for-profit contemporary art space, offers a crucial place to examine the social/political implications or expectations embedded within it. It is a potential sovereign space where a critique of power, funding structures and the vulnerability that artists experience, as a result of an unstable and unsupportive arts economy, can be discussed.  

Participating artists:  

Aida Azin,

Arini Byng,

Dean Cross,

Luke O’Donnell, 

Madeleine Mills,

Moorina Bonini,

Niharika Senapati.

 

Curatorial advisor: James Tylor

Curated by Bella Hone-Saunders.

Opening night Thursday 11th October, 6pm.

Image credit: Aida Azin, work in progress, 2018.

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Sep
22
to Oct 7

CRITICAL MASS LOCKED IN

CRITICAL MASS LOCKED IN

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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

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KIRSTEN LYTTLE - KETEPARAHA: TOOLKIT
Mar
23
to Apr 9

KIRSTEN LYTTLE - KETEPARAHA: TOOLKIT

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

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AEASI
Oct
5
to Oct 22

AEASI

‘Aeasi (as far as the eye can see above the sea)’ is a retrospective exhibition of works by Australian Solomon Islander (Feralimae/ Kosi) filmmaker Amie Batalibasi and a glimpse at new works in development.

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GET THE PICTURE
Sep
14
to Oct 1

GET THE PICTURE

Celebrating our 1st Birthday, Blak Dot presents “Get the picture” part of this years Fringe Festival, an exploration of representation and depiction within the realms of cinema, photography and new media.

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KWALITY CHAI
Aug
24
to Sep 10

KWALITY CHAI

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

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FEEDBACK LOOP
Apr
20
to May 7

FEEDBACK LOOP

Blak Dot Gallery presents ‘Feedback Loop’, a group exhibition as part of Climarte’s ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017 festival.

Artists include:
Get To Work | Hannah Donnelly | Talia Smith | Frances Tapueluelu | Jahra ‘Rager’ Wasasala | Katie West

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TWO ISLANDS
Mar
25
to Apr 9

TWO ISLANDS

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.


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EVE OF INCARNATION
Feb
9
to Feb 26

EVE OF INCARNATION

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.

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OUR DEADLY SPIRIT
Nov
17
to Dec 1

OUR DEADLY SPIRIT

Under our Community Engagement Program Blak Dot is proud to host ‘Our Deadly Spirit’ this three week exhibition celebrates the work of four young people exploring their cultural knowledge and identity through various art mediums.

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STILL I RISE
May
5
to May 22

STILL I RISE

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.

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BOTH SIDES OF THE STREET
Jun
16
to Jul 3

BOTH SIDES OF THE STREET

Blak Dot Gallery in collaboration with The Counihan Gallery In Brunswick is proud to present Both Sides of the Street, an exhibition that brings together artists from different disciplines and with different perspectives on what it means to live in contemporary Australian society, what it means to live on both sides of the street.

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X-KULTURAL FUSION
May
29
to Jun 8

X-KULTURAL FUSION

This exciting collaboration with our artist in residence Matt ‘Adnate’ (a member of the International Street Art collective ‘Awol Crew’) and six young emerging artists from Northern Melbourne’s urban Indigenous communities and six young artists from migrant & refugee backgrounds to produce works for this exhibition..

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18C
Apr
17
to May 4

18C

‘18C’ is a quick response to the impending amendments by the Coalition Government which will remove sections 18B – E of the Racial Discrimination Act (RDA). The Coalition has left a brief window to gauge community responses – so artists, writers and academics were requested to respond with a work on paper (photographic or pulp) to this change of the RDA. Incorporating many new and existing works ‘18C’ sends notice with visual, verbal and written work to ensure that this does not go unchallenged.

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TO DANCE IN BEAUTY
Feb
6
to Feb 23

TO DANCE IN BEAUTY

Ömie Artists Inc. in association with Blak Dot Gallery, are delighted to present this very special exhibition by the internationally celebrated Ömie women artists of Papua New Guinea. To Dance in Beauty: Ömie Tapa from New Guinea brings together an exquisite new body of work created in the remote mountain villages that surround the volcano Huvaimo in Oro Province…

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I'VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN
Jan
16
to Feb 2

I'VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN

Blak Dot presents it’s annual GLBTQI exhibition which this year celebrates and explores the theme of the skin in which we live. In the spirit of true exploration though, what better way to examine the theme than with someone else? This group show enlists artists from various cultural backgrounds and creative practices to examine and imagine the theme…

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