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.
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..
‘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.
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…
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…
Burji arts presents NOT “made in Somalia” an exhibition by Nadia Faragaab; Cultures that embrace change are more successful at developing and contributing new ideas and innovation. ‘NOT Made In Somalia’ looks at everyday objects in Somali culture. How they could benefit from a ‘revamp’ to suit our modern day lifestyles and therefore continue to be relevant represantations of Somali culture
‘Kwality Chai ‘is the latest cafe chain that emerges following India’s clandestine takeover of Australia. Set in an alternate reality, the cross-cultural mannerisms, pursuits and vocabulary has had radical implications for Australian identity and cultural consciousness…
PETER WAPLES-CROWE | ANGELA TIATIA | DULCIE STEWART | KIRSTEN LYTTLE | JACOB TOLO | SUSAN FORRESTER | KIMBA THOMPSON
“A digital native is a person who understands the value of digital technology and uses this to seek out opportunities for implementing it with a view to make an impact.”
“This exhibition is an indication of my commitment to the continuing acts of resistance emanating from the margins of society. Recognition of the peoples launching opposition to the government policies, ill-informed proponents of these policies, and politicians and media representatives who spew forth opinions before their brains kick in”.
Exhibition & Book Launch; Each story is set in the Barmah Forest, which is part of the traditional land of the Yorta Yorta people. These books give young children an insight into Victorian Aboriginal Culture, with Yorta Yorta language being used throughout. Each book is supported by background notes and ideas for related activities.
Breaking through and going beyond the socially expected, in One + Two = 12 four artists born in South America tackle the weight of long-held stereotypes and propose a different, more dynamic perspective; one that seeks not a static but a dynamic interrelationship between the formulated and the actual…
Nadia Faragaab’s exhibition: ‘The G with the J Sound’ revolves around a discussion of identity; its suppression, fluidity and idiosyncrasies. Faragaab’s aim is to assert a strong sense of self amongst her fellows in the Somali community, while also giving Somali identity and concerns a voice within mainstream Australian culture.
OPENING NIGHT: Thursday 8 Nov | 6.30pm-8.30pm
Artists for Human Rights and Action presents:
The Visualising Human Rights Arts Showcase 2012
The Visualising Human Rights Arts Competition harnesses artistic expression and strategic partnerships to raise awareness, promote discussion and inspire action around some of the most challenging human rights issues of our times.
SFN artists: Torika Bolatagici | Kathy Cogill | Maree Clarke | Chantal Fraser | Chuck Feesago | Ben McKeown | Candice Perese | Greg Semu and Latai Taumoepeau
Curated by Léuli Eshraghi and Pauline Vetuna
The curatorial concept behind So Fukin Native was consciously, ironically, deceptively simple. It centres on one word, six letters that together connote so many different impressions to different people, layered with meaning through broad historical forces and divergent subjective experiences: NATIVE…
Tri Sasongko is a respected Javanese painter, illustrator and traditional Batik artist whose art practise explores spiritual storytelling through various traditional and contemporary mark making techniques - Black and White explores the relationship between humans, nature, and modern society.
International & Indigenous artists collaborate and celebrate NAIDOC 2012
Artists: Adnate, lucy lucy, Slicer, Robyn Latham, Kamahi Djordon King, Peter Waples-Crowe
FUSION is an exciting collaboration of six Artists (three Indigenous plus three non-Indigenous) to produce a work in situ at Blak Dot Gallery. The site specific artwork will be on show for three weeks, with only a small section of the work made available for purchase while the majority of which will be erased at the completion of the exhibition period.
Photographic artist Lilli Waters is delighted to announce her first solo exhibition, a collection of 41 portraits of women from all walks of life. The SHE RAW project began in 2010 and aims to document everyday women within a state of fantasy whilst drawing directly from their real-life experience and context.
Confined 4 has emerged as an important event in Victoria’s visual arts scene and continues to illustrate the important role art plays in cultural expression and community connectedness. The exhibition demonstrates the significance of art in providing a space for cultural reflection and connecting Indigenous prisoners with country.