Friday night at RAYGUN was the opening of Werner’s show. A collection of monochrome paintings made on found cardboard packing boxes, the works hang from walls like a series of transparent colour fields. The interplay between the discarded object and finely worked painting reiterates the form of the image carrier and the relationship of the works to the space and the viewer. Over the course of the month we will reveal a conversation between Werner and a visitor to the works about how the paintings came to be, and how through their luminous layering are able to seduce the viewer. We’re super excited to share this dialogue with you.
Queer theory / Identity Politics / Visual Art / Aesthetics and Culture / Social Science / Critical Studies / Philosophy / Environment and Sustainability / Literature / Mythology / Colonial History / Decoloniality / Intersectionality
These are the topics of discussion underway at RAYGUN PROJECTS, as a part of the current show IN TRANSLATION
You are invited to contribute a reading, essay excerpt, visual print out, or some kind of printed matter that reflects your ideas concerning any of these contemporary discussions. Share and become a part of this dynamic archive by emailing your material to the HVID [me] ARCHIVE : mail@Hvidme.dk and make this a global conversation.
This past week we have hosted Danish curator Louise Lassen Iversen. Louise’s project ‘In Translation’ is a group show by Danish artists including Suada Demirovic, Miriam Haile, Annarosa Kroyer Holm and the collective Hvid[me] Archive. The works in the show represent each artists interpretation of cultural differences, where the act of translation becomes a cultural meeting ground. Louise has brought to us, an array of video works and an interactive growing archive (where RAYGUN community are invited to contribute), as a way to reveal concepts of decoloniality associated with the Danish history/culture. This ‘active’ exhibition enables Louise to connect perceptions of colonisation with the Australian audience in order to give space to individual reflections within a global domain.
As Louise states:
IN TRANSLATION is an exhibition that uses the act of translation as a cultural meeting ground. Because a translation is a movement from one linguistic, cultural and historical context to another and because every language is contaminated by linguistic differences – it is in reality a paradoxical task. A translation is never an exact similarity but always both a copy of an original text and an original in and of itself owing to the fact that interpretation and reformulating are necessary. Therefore the act of translation is an unpredictable space in which the cultural background of the duplicate is inevitably mixed with that of the original text both restoring and erasing it. It is in this space in-between that we operate.
This exhibition is an attempt to create a meeting ground of experiences between the country we have travelled from – Denmark, an old European nation and colonial power – and the country we visit – Australia, a young nation and former colony.
2017 marks the centennial of Denmark’s sale of three Virgin Islands to the US. Still to this day Greenland and the Faroe Islands are a part of the Danish territory. Unlike the Commonwealth of Nations that Australia is a part of Greenland and the Faroe Islands are not fully independent. In the exhibition we look at, how colonial structures to this day influences racial structures, immigration policies and experiences of privilege or discrimination in Scandinavia.
Through an open call created by the collective Hvid[mə] Archive we invite you to participate in the exhibition with contributions on decolonial practices within Australia.
We are super excited to have German Painter Gerhard Richters exhibition ‘The Life of Images’ opening this weekend through February 2018 at Brisbane’s GOMA. Check here for details on associated events.
In May this year we were lucky to have met the fantastic art writer Gina Fairley during her joint visit to Toowomba with Sharon Louden and Hrag Vartanian. On the side of writing and reviewing Gina spends time sharing her knowledge about living day to day as a professional artist and arts worker and we are super excited she’s taking the time to venture back to our region and deliver a workshop and discussion on the topic. Numbers are limited and first in best dressed. Email us at RAYGUN to reserve your seat.
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