In her first major solo exhibition, Salote Tawale has brought together painting, sculpture, and karaoke in an expansive installation that explores identity and memory.
“Memory can come from a smell, sound, touch and a feeling. It is a pathway to our identity. The mind makes sense of this information, consciously and subconsciously,” says the Australian-Fijian artist. “My upcoming exhibition, I remember you, is a translation of these things; of the histories that relate to me and my body. Through the manipulation of found materials, I reconstruct, expand and collapse these moments in time, to consider the power of objects, people and places, and the energy that emanates from them.”
Talawe has created a ‘memory-bank’ inside Carriageworks. The space is decorated with motifs from her Fijian childhood—hibiscus paintings on the walls, plywood cut-outs of people and plants arranged like a theatrical set, even a partial replica of her family home. There’s even a makeshift karaoke booth towards the rear of the gallery, and visitors are encouraged to pick up a mic and sing along to the tunes Talawe has selected. The memories are her own, after all, but the way they are presented invites visitors to consider their own, and how they shape one’s sense of self.
View, in pictures, Salote Tawale’s immersive exploration of personal histories.
The spirit—and studio—of Margaret Olley lives on
A new exhibition at Tweed Regional Gallery has preserved the relocated studio of Australian painter Margaret Olley, with her work providing inspiration for a new series of paintings by Mirra Whale, India Mark and Laura Jones.
Yhonnie Scarce’s glass works are a glistening, poignant exploration of how nuclear testing affected First Nations people
Yhonnie Scarce, a Kokatha and Nukunu artist, has emerged in recent years as one of Australia’s most significant contemporary artists. Yhonnie Scarce: The Light of Day, at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, curates a survey of significant works by Scarce from the last few years.
Must-sees at this year’s Melbourne Art Fair
With over 60 booths presenting, this year’s Melbourne Art Fair doesn’t centre glitz or glam, but glimpses into sci-fi, realism, vibrant colour and Indigenous connections to land. Our editors have rounded up their top picks.
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Compositional Utterances explores collaborative friendships
A new exhibition at Court House Gallery unites three artists—and friends—with varied practices but cohesive ideologies.
How First Nations artists are reclaiming colonial objects and celebrating culture through garments
A few years back, I started collecting vintage Australian tourist scarves that portray First Nations people as primitive caricatures and noble savages. Now, I own more than ten scarves with images ranging from Western depictions of First Nations art and objects, to Indigenous people in tokenistic scenes.
Tamara Bekier and processing the past with paint
Tamara Bekier uses paint to give a voice to the silencing and trauma she experienced as a refugee during World War II. At 92 years of age, her exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ballarat is a survey of her life’s work.