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14 – 28 July 2018

Opening event | Saturday 14 July 6 – 8pm

Nina Ross | Mandy Quadrio | Hannah Raisin | Archie Barry | Barbara Cleveland

Curated by Rachael Haynes & Simone Hine

About the Exhibition

This exhibition emerged out of conversation about Australian feminist performative artworks and embraces conversation as a curatorial method. Each curator suggests an artwork, that the other responds to with another artwork. A printed conversation accompanies the exhibition and documents this exchange.

The conversation ranges from questions of how to define feminism today and how it operates as a political or personal framework, to exploring intersectional identities and self portraiture, examining the body in relation to humor, and performance in relation to history and re-enactment. Converse is an exhibition as dialogue and considers the ever shifting and unravelling nature of contemporary feminist art practice.

About the Artists

Nina Ross works predominantly with video, performance and photography. More recently Nina’s practice has expanded to include cofounding the Artists Committee. In 2013 Nina received a Master of Fine Art (Research) from Monash University in Melbourne. Since 2014 Nina has worked in a collective called Art/mums. Together they explore the experiences of artists who are also parents.

Hannah Raisin completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2007, and Honours at the same institution in 2012. Sensation, bodily action and interaction inform the politics of Hannah’s performance, video and photographic practice. For a decade she has continued to engage her performance based practice in numerous group shows, solo exhibitions and various forums throughout Australia.

Mandy Quadrio’s sculptural art and interactive works generate alternative political and social dialogue against a background of contested Australian histories. Mandy graduated from a Bachelor of Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University in 2016. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) in 2017.

Archie Barry’s work embeds language (spoken, sung or written) into gestures, serving to de-form and re-form words as embodied experiences. Over the last year their performance and video work has been exhibited at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, The State Library of Victoria, The Centre for Contemporary Photography and ALASKA Projects. Barry completed a Masters of Contemporary Art at Victorian College of the Arts in 2017.

Barbara Cleveland is an Australian artist collective directed by Diana Baker Smith, Frances Barrett, Kate Blackmore, and Kelly Doley. Their most recent projects have been presented at 20th Biennale of Sydney, 2018 Adelaide Biennial, Art Gallery of NSW (Sydney), Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney), Artspace (Sydney), Monash University Museum of Art (Melbourne), National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, (Seoul) and Hayward Gallery (London). Barbara Cleveland is represented by Sulivan+Strumpf.