Curated by Eloise Sweetman,
5-26 October 2019
What makes art so exciting is its ability to permeate the spaces in which it is housed, and also its impact on the people that work around it and attend to it. Such is the work of Charlotte Posenenske, Katie West, Malin Arnell, and Miyoen Lee. The exhibition presents artists together for the first time in Australia.
Strangers and Those We Hold Dear is an exhibition of hope. It is a reminder that our everyday actions—be it environmentally, socially, culturally, politically—make a difference, even if we cannot see or know the impact. Hope is the responsibility to face the world attentive to our interactions with each other, strangers and those we hold dear.
Essay is written by Eloise Sweetman and edited by Isabelle Sully
The exhibition Strangers and Those We Hold Dear was exhibited on the land of the Kulin Nations, I pay my respects to their Elders, past, present, and future.
Malin Arnell (b. 1970, Sweden) is an interdisciplinary artist, researcher, educator and frequent collaborator with other artists, activists and writers. Through her practice, she explores critical issues for participating in (social) environments by emphasising matter, doing, and actions, focusing on the experiences around/in/through/of the body (my body, their body, our body), through the incorporation of affectivity between relationalities, territories, and power. Her collaboration and works have been exhibited internationally including Moderna Museet, Index - The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation ICA, Institute of Contemporary Art, Swiss Institute Contemporary Art, EFA Project Space, White Columns, The Kitchen, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at Brooklyn Museum, CCS BardGalleries / Hessel Museum of Art, & Hammer Museum among others.
Miyeon Lee (b. 1980, South Korea) uses painting, design and food as her mediums to reassess uncertainty, displacement, personal and societal views on the notion of 'home'. She graduated with a master in painting from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2011. Lee was an artist-in-residence in Van Eyck Academie in Maastricht. She has shown with PLATO, Ostrava, CZ; SeMA, Seoul, KR; Ilmin Museum, Seoul, KR; Brakke Grond, Amsterdam NL; Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, NL; KyumJae JungSun Museum, Seoul, KR; C-Mine, Genk, BE; Looiersgracht 60, Amsterdam, NL; Gallery Sobab, YangPyeong, KR. Her most solo exhibition was at Tick Tack, Antwerp earlier this year.