Tony Albert’s art practice interrogates contemporary legacies of colonialism in a way that prompts the audience to contemplate elemental aspects of the human condition. Weaving together text appropriated from popular music, film, fiction, and art history, along with clichéd images of extraterrestrials, photographs of his family in Lucha Libre, and an immense collection of “Aboriginalia” (a term the artist coined to describe kitschy objects and images that feature naive portrayals of Aboriginality), the artist presents a tapestry of ideas that makes us question the flimsy line that inscribes and ascribes difference.
Albert has exhibited nationally and internationally, including the Musée d’Aquitaine, France; Singapore Art Museum; National Museum of China; and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. He was also included in the 10th Biennial of Havana, and the 2014 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art. In 2014 he won the Basil Sellers Art Prize and the Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award. He is well represented in collections within Australia, including the National Gallery of Australia, the Australian War Memorial, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Art Gallery of Western Australia and QAGGOMA. This year he unveiled a major new monument in Sydney’s Hyde Park dedicated to Australia’s Indigenous military service men and women.
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Residents from Australia
Annesofie Sandal’s work is strongly influenced by location and interest in sociocultural structures. Her sculptures and installations examine the thin line between exploration and exploitation in the production of cultural capital. She merges motifs and stories from different periods of time with existing shapes and materials to emphasize how the consequences of human behavior affect heritage and history. In doing so, she shows how the current exchange between man and nature connects past, present and future, and how the understanding of cultural, historic and religious symbols changes over time according to context.
Annesofie Sandal (born 1977 Seoul, South Korea) holds an MFA from The Royal Danish Academy of Visual Arts. She is based in Copenhagen and New York City. Her work has been displayed at numerous venues, including a solo exhibition at Rooster Gallery in New York City and Ace Art Inc. in Winnipeg, Canada. Last year, she was commissioned to create a sculpture for the Odense Sculpture Triennial and was invited for an international fellowship with The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, South Korea. Sandal has curated group shows at the National Art Studio in Seoul, South Korea and elsewhere. Sandal is also the founder and member of art group, Island Life. She recently participated in Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture’s residency program.
Residents from Denmark
Anita Molinero’s work is a cataclysm linked to moments of its creation. The objects, subjects and materials which she uses slip out of the boundaries of the identity principle of cause and effect. We are more likely in the presence of a demonstration of the theory of disasters. (Text by Xavier Douroux, 2014)
Anita Molinero (Born in 1953 in Floirac, France) lives and works in Paris. She teaches in various art schools in Marseille, Bordeaux, Paris, and Bogota.