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
Natalie Hope O’Donnell is a curator at the Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway and a project leader for Munch Museum’s offsite contemporary art projects, “Munchmuseet on the Move.” Past curatorial projects include the retrospective of Pushwagner at MK Gallery and the Boijmans Museum (2013); an exhibition of Norwegian film and video art of the 1990s at Atopia, Oslo (2013); and the First Supper Symposium with Pussy Riot, Judith Butler and Rosi Braidotti in Oslo (2014). Hope O’Donnell chairs the Norwegian Association of Curators and runs its lecture series together with Milena Hoegsberg and Leif Magne Tangen. She retains an interest in curating as a spatial practice, feminist and queer performative practices, and the exhibition as an historical and cultural construct.
Natalie Hope O’Donnell (born 1979, Oslo, Norway) holds a BA in Modern History and Politics from the University of Oxford (2002) and an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art in London (2008) among other degrees in Legal Practice, Cultural Studies and History of Art. Her PhD at the Oslo Centre for Critical Architectural Studies (OCCAS) is entitled Space as Curatorial Practice and investigates curators’ use of spatial strategies in the art galleries of Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, outside Oslo, in the early 1970s. These included exhibitions in collaboration with architect Sverre Fehn and exhibition maker Harald Szeemann.
Residents from Norway
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.