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.
Events & Exhibitions
Residents from Australia
Julie Béna’s work explores the threshold between one perception and another; between being a team player or a spoilsport; participation or abstinence. Béna refers to the exhibition space as her “playground,” which she populates with performers, singers, sculptures, photos, videos and installations. Early in life, Béna acted in a roving theatrical troupe in France. In the past few years, the transient and artificial staging of play resurfaced in her practice, alongside prominent use of text.
Julie Béna (born 1982, Pantin, France) currently works in New York City. Her past solo exhibitions include: Nail Tang, Galerie Joseph Tang, Paris, France, 2015; Destiny, Galerie Edouard Manet, Gennevilliers, Paris, 2015; T&T consortium: You’re Already Elsewhere, The French Institute Alliance Française, New York, 2014. Her selected collective exhibitions and screenings include: Camera of Wonders, Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City, Mexico, 2015; Artists’ Film Club: Breaking Joints: Part 2, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, 2015; RIDEAUX / blinds, Institut d’Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne, France, 2015; Late capitalism, it’s like, almost over, The Luminary, St Louis, Missouri, 2014; Things, Design Cloud, Chicago, 2014; Graphic Design, Prague, 2014; La Méthode Jacobson, Nouvelles Vagues, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France, 2013. She exhibited performance projects at Fahrenheit, Los Angeles, 2014; Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2014; PERFORMA 13, New York, 2013; La Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, Paris, France, 2012 and Fonderie Darling, Montréal, Canada, 2011. Béna studied at the Villa Arson in Nice, France and attended the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. From 2012 to 2013 she was part of Le Pavillon, the research laboratory of Le Palais de Tokyo.
Residents from France
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.