Entries Tagged as 'Art'

I Died

I died last Friday night. My body was laid out in a makeshift morgue, in an art gallery of all places. Thirteen other corpses surrounded mine, all covered in light blue hospital sheets, a line of lifeless lumps, speed humps with toe tags and ball bags and breasts. Out of the darkness came the sounds of gathering people, glasses clinking, feet scraping, pleasantries and laughter, and then a familiar voice rang out – Silencio! An introduction, then a poem, four minutes of DH Lawrence and dread anticipation, a minor panic attack, and we were surrounded by the sounds of many shoes on parquet flooring, a chaotic percussive accompaniment to a lone cello meandering in a corner and my breath fluttering against the sheet.

One by one the covers were withdrawn, whisked away by unseen hands at our feet, giving one the sensation of being thrust upward and away to float awkwardly in a miasma of sensations, dreamy visions, a waterless sensory deprivation tank. It was difficult to keep track of my limbs. In fact my whole body, while remaining totally still, writhed and convulsed. Occasionally the reality, that I was lying naked (and alive) on the floor next to my partner and twelve other naked people, jerked back into consciousness, like when someone came and tickled my foot as they turned over my toe tag – so they could read my eulogy and connect it to my body.

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Comment @ Belconnen Gallery

Comment

Double Opening @ CCAS

CCAS

Drawing/Machine @ The Front

Drawing/Machine @ The Front

I Die @ CCAS Gorman

I Die @ CCAS Gorman

Christian Parvey @ The Front

Christian Parvey @ The Front

Australian Council Community Info Forum @ The Courtyard Studio,

Australia Council

Cube 3 @ Teatro Vivaldi

Cube

Maurice Ortega, Izabela Pluta, Tevita Havea @ CCAS

Maurice Ortega, Izabela Pluta, Tevita Havea @ CCAS

Blaze @ CCAS Gorman

Blaze @ CCAS Gorman

ANU School of Art Grad Show – opens Friday

ANU School of Art Grad Show

Comments on Picasso @ CCAS Manuka

Comments on Picasso @ CCAS Manuka

Locked Inside @ Belconnen Library

Locked Inside @ Belconnen Library

A new touring exhibition ……..  Locked Inside
An installation by Ibtihal Samarayi at the Belconnen Library and an exhibition of artworks by asylum seeker artists and children in the Belconnen Gallery

Monday 1 – Friday 19 December 2008

Locked Inside will be opened by Professor Lyndall Ryan, University of Newcastle at Belconnen Library, 6:00pm on Tuesday 2nd December 2008. This exhibition is dedicated to Jan Wawrzynczak.

Artist Ibtihal Samarayi explores detention and freedom through a series of huge padlocks which will be installed in the Belconnen Library.  Ibitihal’s work comes from her experiences as an Iraqi artist who lived in refugee camps in Iran and Turkey before gaining a permanent visa in Australia.  She would like the detainees’ experiences to be communicated to the public and feels a deep responsibility as an Iraqi refugee to support them.

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Impossible Lightness of Being @ CCAS Manuka

Impossible Lightness of Being @ CCAS Manuka

Changing Places @ The Artists Shed