Assembly Point: Erasure Exhibition
29 May 2020
The below exhibition was scheduled to be presented at Creative Spaces' Assembly Point, however restrictions around COVID-19 impacted the ability to deliver the works in person. Instead, the curator and artists have created an online exhibition to showcase their works.
ASSEMBLY POINT: ReAssemble is a series of two online and two onsite guest curated exhibitions in 2020 hosted by the CoVA Feminism and Intersectionality research group in association with Assembly Point, Creative Spaces. This series acknowledges the breadth of student work being created that addresses the intersectionality of feminist discourse within the current socio-political climate. It creates a space for artists’ work to enter the virtual and public domain to provoke discussion, disrupt discourse and be present in the local cultural landscape.
ONLINE EXHIBITION ONE, LAUNCHED 28 MAY 2020
CURATED BY NUR SHKEMBI
The word erasure has a multiplicity of meanings and applications; to remove, rub or scrape out written or drawn marks; to remove recorded matter; to remove from existence or memory; and to nullify the effect or force of something. This term is also used to describe the multitude of ways in which people (or an entire community) may experience various forms of erasure due to discrimination levelled against their gender, sexuality, colour, class, ethnicity or religion, or at the intersections of such identity ‘markers’. The act of erasing something can be enacted as a form of violence, or as something sinister or mischievous. But it can also be utilitarian in nature or even enigmatic or glorious; sometimes we may erase to create space for something new, in that we repurpose, reclaim or renovate. In ancient spiritual practices, such as Sufism, erasure or annihilation of the self (of one’s ego) is considered the ultimate act of love. The act of erasure contains within it the potential for both beauty and violence. In a complex society such as Australia, where the fraught and violent history of colonisation, migration and the movement of bodies seeking asylum (who are often hidden and deemed illegal), along with the exploitation of the land, of natural resources and of people, our contemporary condition manifests the many realities of erasure.
The eight artists in this exhibition explore erasure as a conceptual element in their practice. They explore social, political, philosophical or personal narratives through various mediums such as photography, painting, material exploration, installation, moving images, 3D technology and sound.
ASSEMBLY POINT: ReAssemble produced by Dr Kate Just and Vikki McInnes at CoVA (Centre of Visual Art) The University of Melbourne, with Assembly Point, City of Melbourne.
Web production by Eleanor Simcoe
Erasure image: Azza Zein, Taskscape: Migrant lines in the depositing of movement (detail), 2019, clay, mica golden leaf on MDF, potting mix soil. Photography by Matthew Stanton. Image courtesy the artist.
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