Pat Foster & Jen Berean
Pat Foster & Jen Berean have been working collaboratively since 2001. Employing a diverse and lateral array of media and processes, their work unpacks the hidden systems that make up the sites and infrastructure that surrounds us. Within such thinking, contemporary architecture is deconstructed to such a degree that it is not solely concerned with the making of functional and utilizable space, but crucially, the determination of how, and by whom such space is used by, and for what purpose. It is within the juncture of physical environment and psychological effect that their practice is primarily concerned and manifests within an art context.
Pat Foster (born 1981, Launceston, Australia) and Jen Berean (born 1981, Calgary, Canada) predominantly work in sculpture and installation. Foster received a BFA from the Victorian College of the Arts at The University of Melbourne in 2005 and Berean received a BFA and an MA in Architecture from The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University. Recent solo exhibitions of their work have been held at The Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne; Murray White Room, Melbourne; and Pallas Projects, Dublin. They have been exhibited their work in the following exhibitions The Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art; The Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; Sequester, Embassy of Australia, Washington DC; and NEW 09, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne.
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Residents from Australia
Curator Satu Oksanen is interested in exploring the possibilities of public art as situations, fleeting moments, or processes rather than static landscape elements. She aims to bring more interdisciplinary collaboration to public art in order to elaborate new curatorial and artistic practices. The idea of public art as infiltrating the everyday is one of the driving forces in her curatorial work. As public space is shrinking, it becomes more important to find new ways of appropriating space. Oksanen reflects on how art can act as a platform for community dialogue applying the methods of participatory art and shared authorship.
Satu Oksanen (born 1979, Espoo, Finland) holds a BA in Design and an MA in Art History from University of Helsinki. Since 2007 she has held the position of Assistant Curator at HAM Helsinki Art Museum. Her curatorial work includes public art commissions and contemporary art exhibitions. She also holds a position in the museum’s collection acquisition committee and is a member of the curatorial team for HAM gallery, the art space run by HAM for emerging artists. Her recent projects include Tatzu Nishi’s Hotel Manta of Helsinki, and Vieno Motors How to Prepare 1.0 by Ilona Valkonen.
Residents from Finland
The overarching themes in belit sağ’s recent work are the ‘violence of images’ and ‘images of violence’. Most of her works revolve around the role of images in the media and issues of representation and visibility. sağ tries to address larger political issues in a personal way, making them accessible to a broad public and playing with their proximity to daily life.
belit sağ is a videomaker based in Amsterdam. She studied mathematics in Turkey, art in the Netherlands, and recently completed a residency at Rijksakademie. Her video background is rooted in alternative video-activist and artist groups in Ankara and Istanbul, where she co-initiated projects such as VideA, Karahaber and bak.ma. sağ’s work has been exhibited in international art spaces and festivals including EYE Film Institute and the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Salt, DEPO and the Visual Arts Festival Damascus, Turkey; DMZ International Documentary Film Festival, South Korea; Chinese European Art Center, China and Art Lacuna Film Festival, United Kingdom.