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RETROACTIVE

The opening night was spent with our beautiful supporters who’ve been with us from the beginning. Showing works contributed by the artists who have worked with us over the past 7 years has made for such a rich show. Thank you to you all for working with us over the years here in Toowoomba, and we still hold the dream of having you all come together in person in the future. (it’s good to dream!) The works will remain in their custom made to measure boxed archive as a part of the RAYGUN permanent collection. RETROACTIVE will be on display until December 23rd. Happy Christmas raygunners and we look forward to sharing our next 7 years with you.  xx

Justin Andrews, Pascal Dombis, Suada Ada Demirovic, Billy Gruner, Jeffrey Cortland Jones, Eva Koch, Richard Van Der Aa, Stephen Spurrier, Gilbert Hsiao, Fiona Cockfield, Yara Flores, The Ghosts of Nothing, Audra Wolowiec, Sarah Ryan, Tiffany Shafran, Tilman, Michael Boelt Fischer, EIDIA, Devon McKnight, Lynne Harlow, Jason Sweeney, Sue Lostroh, Sarah Martin, Peter Holm, Kyle Jenkins, Sarah Martin, Lukas Richarz, Jude Taggart Roberts, Sandy Pottinger, Stephan Moore, Brent Hallard, Sal Randolph, Hayley Megan French and Carla Liesch, Brad Buckley, Vicente Butron, Uffe Isolott, Sam Peck, The Twilight Girls, David Usher, Tarn McLean, Thorgej Steen Hansen, Stephen Little, The Order of The Third Bird.

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Werner Windisch Opening Night

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.

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OPEN CALLOUT – HVIDME ARCHIVE

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.

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IN TRANSLATION Curated by Louise Lassen Iversen

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.

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