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Artlink Indigenous #3: co-editor Stephanie Radok and Daniel Browning
Essential reading. The third in this ground-breaking annual mega-issue series about developments in Aboriginal and Torres Strait contemporary arts.
Artlink Indigenous #3 focuses on the criticism of Aboriginal art, its history, its controversies, its place in Australian art. The issue also includes profiles of new and old artists, and articles on blak humour, the black screen, art centres in the Torres Strait, the future of Aboriginal art in Europe and its presentation in the USA and UK.
Writers include Jirra Lulla Harvey, Daniel Boyd, Djon Mundine, John von Sturmer, David Garneau, Judith Ryan, Maurice O’Riordan, Stephen Gilchrist, Brenda Croft, Tom Mosby, Karen Dayman, Bernard Luthi, Brian Martin and Romaine Moreton.
Gender: co-editor Joanna Mendelssohn and Bec Dean
Current practice in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region in the visual arts that relates to being male, female, bi-sexual, transgender, queer, gay – and the various ways artists are choosing to depict the face of gender. We want to explore the social issues surrounding gender through notions of camouflage, revelation, androgyny, ambiguity, cross-dressing, performative modes, body language and interaction with audiences.
If the changing face of gender can be clearly identified with the visual evidence of augmentation, make up, clothing, concealment and extreme new fashion it can be argued that the visual arts play a part in carrying the message of how we humans are voluntarily re-shaping ourselves, our sexual identities and our psyches.
The video and performance/performing art of today uniquely can be accessed equally in clubs, cinemas, on stages and in print and online media as well as in the more conservative precincts of contemporary art galleries and art museums. Film, stage, new music and the spoken word also play a very strong part in the invention, creation and reflection of new gender modes and memes.