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Sunday 4 October 2015
Art Arts

interview with rani pramesti: associate producer of wanita

Arabella Close
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  Rani Pramesti is an associative producer at the Footscray Community Arts Centre in Melbourne. She is currently producing WANITA: Female Artivism- Jakarta! opening this week. The exhibition will feature the work of nine women DIY artists from Jakarta, including Marishka Soekarna, Ayu Dila Martina and Ika Vantiani. The works are diverse and wide-ranging, including music video clips,…
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Tuesday 15 September 2015
Art Arts

interview with antony makhlouf

Bridget Conway
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    Antony Makhlouf is an artist currently living in the creative hub of Newtown in Sydney’s inner West. His work has seen several shifts, especially in the past few years, and he’s moved from photography to performance to digital painting. Although still dipping his fingers into each of these areas, Makhlouf is currently full…
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Sunday 30 August 2015
Art Arts

the horse: ngv exhibition review

Clara Borg
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Did you know that horse worship and cultism was a common facet of nomadic Eurasian cultures?  Or that in Indian mythology, the seven-headed horse Uchchaihshravas – translating roughly to either ‘long-ears’ or ‘neighing aloud’- was regarded a king of horses, and was the mount of the Hindu god Indra, the god of rain and thunderstorms? And…
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Thursday 27 August 2015
Art Arts

catriona pollard: sculptural basketry artist to hold first solo exhibition

Bridget Conway
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Catriona Pollard is a Sydney-based contemporary sculptural basketry artist. Her work has been a part of numerous exhibitions across NSW since 2011. This year, Catriona has been working hard to create her first solo exhibition Love.Honour.Cherish, to be held at the Lane Cove Gallery in Sydney from October 7th – 19th. I had the chance…
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Wednesday 5 August 2015
Art Arts Theatre

underbelly arts festival: review

Bridget Conway
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  Underbelly Arts Festival began in 2007 as a response to the isolation that can often be felt when working as an artist, especially as an emerging artist. By showcasing emerging artists and focusing on experimental and contemporary art, the Underbelly Arts Festival does its best to live up to its name. It’s the underside of what…
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Saturday 27 June 2015
Art Arts

what i learnt from staring at a stranger at marina abramovic: in residence

Hollie Pich
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I’m staring at a stranger. He has a red-brown beard. He has a freckle under his right eye. His eyes are pale blue-grey, and fixed on mine. I’m not sure how long we’ve been looking at each other—long enough, certainly, that the cold has seeped through my jumper. It’s been long enough that I’m no…
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Friday 26 June 2015
Art Life News

in brief: ‘power of makeup’ trend shows makeup shaming has got to go

Sarah Iuliano
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Thousands of women have banded together to post selfies to debunk the myth women who wear makeup are ashamed of their everyday appearance. Posting images of themselves with half their face made up and the other portion bare, the hashtag ‘PowerOfMakeup’ has demonstrated defiance towards those alleging they are victims chained to the beauty industry….
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Saturday 20 June 2015
Art Arts

the dream: review

Sophia Flo Dacy-Cole
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The Dream moves through three pieces by English ballet giant Frederick Ashton: Monotones II, which is a simple formalist modernist dance, Symphonic Variations which is a paired-back love story in Greco-Roman costume and Ashton’s surprisingly funny interpretation of a Midsummer Night’s Dream, simply named the Dream. While the performance is a masterful rendering of these historically important pieces, it sometimes left me wanting more….
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Sunday 14 June 2015
Art Arts

refusing to choose between traditional femininity and radical feminism: interview with anonymous artist ambivalently yours

Isabella Cornell
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In an unashamed defiance of the rigid conventions associated with female identity, anonymous artist Ambivalently Yours’ witty illustrations celebrate the colour pink, ‘cuteness’, cats and being a badass who “doesn’t take shit from anyone”. These seemingly incongruous identities are reconciled in seamless pastel works that speak to women from all walks of life through its…
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Tuesday 26 May 2015
Art Arts

emerge in the west: review

Theertha Muralidhar
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Enter the bedazzling land of the West! On May 16th, Footscray’s Nicholson Street came alive with the rich cultures of Africa at Emerge in the West Festival.  Waves of vibrant traditions washed over me as I strolled through the avenue. A potpourri of emerging top artists hailing from Ethiopia, Sudan, South Africa, Papua New Guinea…
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Monday 25 May 2015
Art Arts

cosmic cuties: characters for change

Bridget Conway
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  Are you sick and tired of the constant imagery of skinny models with perfect skin plastered all over media? Well, we have all been sick of it for a while. But artist Mikhaila Nodel has decided to make images and put them into a zine, and these images inspire confidence for all girls and…
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Friday 8 May 2015
Art

intertwined: exhibiting mother artists

Ruth Skilbeck
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Growing out of the Women’s Art Movements of the 1970s, a new movement of Mother Artists is gathering strength in Australia and internationally. Intertwined: Exhibiting Mother Artists, at the Australian National University School of Art in Canberra, shows the range of social concerns that feminist mother artists are aesthetically and culturally addressing: What is a…
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Wednesday 29 April 2015
Art Arts

moving backwards into the future: review

Clara Borg
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Are you interested in history, politics, and art? Looking for something fun and educational to do on the weekend? The Ian Potter Museum of Art is currently housing a collection dedicated to the creative expression of Aboriginal and Torres Islander people, in an exhibition entitled Moving Backwards into the Future. As a first-generation white Australian,…
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Saturday 25 April 2015
Art Arts

madeleine ryan: interview

Bridget Conway
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We are all aware of Kickstarter and Pozible campaigns: a slew of projects all worth supporting that are vying for our attention and our jingling pockets. Well, sometimes a particular campaign can really make you want to dig deep because it hits a note within you. With Madeleine Ryan’s GINESTHOI, I felt something stir in…
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