Published 01 December 2017
The cloud/explosion paintings of James Guppy's The Weather Report series of 2006 were made as a response to 9/11.
It's tough being a refugee, really tough for some. Cambodian Tuy 'KK' Sobil's story begins in a refugee camp in Thailand, travels to the US where he winds up in prison for eight years and more happily shifts to Phnom Penh where he landed as a deportee from the US and has since become an important role model teaching hiphop dancing and music to vulnerable children.
Published December 2012
Curators: Vivonne Thwaites, Fiona Salmon, Anita Angel
Flinders University City Gallery
29 June – 26 August 2012
Curator: Katie Lenanton
Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Perth
11 August – 6 October 2012
Humanity seems to be on the brink of annihilating the natural world on which we depend. Our quarrelsome species has built a gigantic web of capitalism, connecting global corporations, consumerism, the markets, the military, rhetoric machines called politicians and the organisations and institutions that now include, tragically, the universities.
Chief Curator: Qiu Zhijie
Co-curators: Boris Groys, Jens Hoffmann, Johnson Chang
Shanghai Power Station of Art
and other venues
2 October 2012 – 31 March 2013
Curators: Abdullah M. I. Syed and Wenmin Li
Nicole Barakat, Denis Beaubois, Nick Brown, Muamer Cajic, Anie Nheu, Ana Pollack, Nusra Latif Qureshi, Marikit Santiago, Shay Tobin, Teo Treloar
Remarking | Remaking Community Project
Nicole Barrakat in collaboration with Blacktown Indian Subcontinent Women’s Group
Blacktown Arts Centre
20 July – 1 September 2012
QUT Art Museum, Brisbane
1 September – 28 October 2012
Former editor of Japanese Art Scene Monitor and the current Arts, Entertainment and Features Division Chief at The Japan Times, Edan Corkill looks at the wide variety of sensitive works produced by Japanese artists in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake and the subsequent Fukashima Daiichi nuclear Power Plant disaster.
Curator: Lisa Harms
Adelaide Botanic Garden, FELTspace, SASA Gallery
31 July – 26 August 2012
The Big Easy is a nickname for New Orleans, USA, referring to the easy-going, laid back attitude to life that jazz musicians and local residents indulge in there. Carol Schwarzman, with the aid of her brother, reviews some resilient responses to the Big Hurricane Katrina's path through it on 25 August 2005. In the words of US writer Tom Piazza: "The ‘underprivileged’ people of New Orleans “spun a culture out of their lives – a music, a cuisine, a sense of life – that has been recognised around the world as a transforming spiritual force.”
The artwork Crystal Palace: The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nuclear Nations consisting of elaborate chandeliers painstakingly made from uranium glass beads shown at Artereal Gallery in Sydney and at GV Art in London were the eloquent response of Ken and Julia Yonetani to the meltdown of the nuclear reactor Fukushima Daiichi on March 11, 2011. Senior lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Macquarie University Doris McIlwain examines the Yonetani's work in the context of psychological responses to disaster, in particular nuclear disaster.
Pat Hoffie riffs off Samuel Taylor Coleridge's famous 18th century poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner with its curse brought on by the killing of an albatross all the way to Lars Von Trier's recent film Melancholia about the end of the world. "Nowadays shit is happening all the time everywhere to everybody."