Tess Maunder’s practice revolves around the notion of the curatorial. This includes forms of curatorial mediation beyond the scope of traditional models of exhibitions, and formats such as public programs, research methodologies, editorial work, publications and other discursive platforms.
Tess Maunder is an Australian-born international curator, writer and researcher. She obtained her degree from the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. Her projects to date largely focus on the politics of the Global South, engaging mostly with the Asia-Pacific region. She was awarded the MPavilion|Art Monthly Writing Award and the Brisbane City Council Lord Mayor’s Young and Emerging Artists Fellowship for curatorial research. Exhibitions include Folds of Belonging, Brisbane, 2017 and the 11th Shanghai Biennale, Why Not Ask Again, 2016–2017. Maunder regularly contributes to international publications, academic journals and catalogues.
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Residents from Australia
Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya
Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya aka Akirash’s work focuses on moments of time, particularly fleeting moments that can easily be forgotten or transformed. His work reflects upon rural and urban life, as well as the accelerated pace of development and social infrastructure. In his practice, Akirash explores both the personal and the universal by investigating invisible systems of power that govern everyday existence. He utilizes a multitude of techniques and materials, including repurposed objects, with which he creates mixed media paintings, sculptures, installations, video works, photographs, sound pieces, and performances. Akirash’s work is designed to create comfort, peace, and solace. His art is a reflection of the joys of life, directly inspired by rhythm, harmony, and the movement of daily existence.
Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya was born in Lagos, Nigeria. Before pursuing a degree in fine and applied arts in his hometown in 1991, he was a practicing pharmacist for two years. Since, Akindiya worked as textile designer for a Nigerian textile mill and has travelled at length internationally. In 2000, he founded the non-profit Artwithakirash, with the goal of empowering children, youths, and young mothers.
Residents from Nigeria
Areej Kaoud’s art practice draws on her interest in narratives and disastrous scenarios. Her projects develop in a layered manner, addressing data accumulation with effect, elaborating on realities, and most importantly referring to the politics of the senses. Emergency provisions are a common subject in her practice using the mediums of writing, recording, performance art and installation.
Areej Kaoud is a Palestinian visual artist raised in Montreal, Canada. She completed a BA in Visual Arts at York University, Toronto, specializing in printmaking and drama theatre. She then moved to London where she completed an MFA at Central Saint Martins, and later a second masters in Fine Art Curating at Goldsmiths, University of London. As a young artist, Kaoud has maintained a research-based art practice. Her first significant exhibitions were held at Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto; Nomas Foundation, Rome; and Sharjah Art Foundation. Kaoud has participated in the A.i.R. Dubai program in 2016, performed at Delfina Foundation, and exhibited at the Bolivia Biennale. She produces work from her studio and is an adjunct professor at American University of Sharjah.