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
Roger Mortimer is interested in the nature of attachment in the psychological sense. When this fundamental relational need is disrupted, it generates conflict, adaptive behavior and intense suffering. His paintings explore these themes, through allegorical scrambling of time and geography, giving rise to dense layering of colliding or intertwined worlds and systems. In Mortimer’s fantastical landscapes and watery coasts, people and creatures enact dynamic vignettes of horror and suffering, as well as the possibility of transformation.
Roger Mortimer was born in Mangakino, and lives in Auckland New Zealand. In 1998 he graduated from the University of Auckland’s Elam School of Fine Arts. He has exhibited regularly since then with annual solo shows. Group exhibitions include Idyll, New Zealand Steel Gallery, Franklin Arts Centre, Pukekohe; Top Ten; New Acquisitions for the University of Auckland Art Collection Gus Fisher Gallery; High Chair, St. Paul St. Auckland University of Technology Gallery; After Killeen, Artspace, Auckland; Flesh and Fruity, Artspace, Auckland; Manufacturing Meaning, Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University, Wellington. His work is included in both private and public collections in New Zealand, France, Belgium and Hong Kong. In 2014 he was winner of the James Wallace Art Award.
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Residents from New Zealand
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.