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Diaspora: guest editor Lisa Havilah The movement of individuals and cultures across nations is increasingly complex and constantly changing. What impact do the shifting cultures of Australia have on contemporary visual arts practice? A number of exhibitions have highlighted the importance of artistic production by diasporic artists to the evolving geography of global contemporary art, and have shown how the experience is differently processed. Artists from Africa, Asia and the Middle East bring with them attachments to home as they move elsewhere for political, social or economic reasons and this process becomes central to their creative practice. What are the uses and misuses of the concept of diaspora in Australia? How does that relate to that particularly Australian term - multiculturalism? Do we over-determine the cultural identities of artists?

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Articles in Vol 31 no 1, 2011

I am not a number or a postcode. I am not the same as I was last year. This moment changed me Full article available
Editorial by Lisa Havilah

Last week, I was standing in front of a man called Daryl who has lived in the Campbelltown suburb of Minto for 20 years. I saw him dance some of the story of his life. — More »

21st Century: Art in the First Decade Full article available
Review by Timothy Morrell

GoMA/QAG, Brisbane 18 December 2010 - 26 April 2011 — More »

After the Deluge
Polemic by Jane Goodall

Novelist, freelance writer and contributor to Inside Story website Jane Goodall writes about the recent floods in Queensland in relation to climate change and art and how "we need the merging energies of many artists to shift the consciousness of an era mesmerised by determination to perpetuate a way of life that may well be no longer viable." — More »

AlphaStation/Alphaville : Luke Roberts
Review by Pat Hoffie

27 November 2010 - 26 February 2011 IMA, Brisbane 17 June-23 July 2011 Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney — More »

Altered State: Conversations with Artist James Newitt
Feature by Susan Gibb

Curator Susan Gibb interviews Tasmanian artist James Newitt whose 2006 video Altered State involves three Hobart residents, Alfred from Sierra Leone, Aurelia from Sudan and Fabio from Zimbabwe. — More »

Review by Joshua Skinner

Hordern Pavillion, Sydney 9 October 2010 — More »

Creative Adaption and Continuing Conversations
Feature by Kon Gouriotis

A flying journey through some of the Australia Council's most recent innovative projects which are also conversations with community partners and where outcomes are broad and diverse leading potentially to new forms of contemporary art practice... — More »

Curious and Collaborative: Encounters in Tokyo, Singapore & Yogyakarta
Feature by Ulanda Blair Emily Sexton

Next Wave Artistic Director Emily Sexton and Next Wave Artistic Program manager Ulanda Blair discuss the waves of Invisible Structures a project curated by Next Wave and supported by Asialink in which Australian artist collectives do exchanges with collectives in Tokyo, Singapore and Yogyakarta. — More »

Flight: Philippines
Feature by Flaudette May V. Datuin

Associate Professor at the University of the Phillipines and visiting research fellow at the University of New South Wales Flaudette May V. Datuin looks at the complex ideas of home, absence and presence in the work of artists examining the lives of Overseas Filipino and Filipina workers (OFWs). — More »

Freehand: Recent Australian Drawing
Review by Louisa Marks

Curator: Linda Michael Heide Museum of Modern Art 25 November 2010 - 6 March 2011 — More »

Gwangju Summer: Open 2010
Feature by Tania Doropoulos

London-based curator and postgraduate researcher Tania Doropolous discusses 10,000 Lives: the Eighth Gwangju Biennale as well as the curatorial summer school that accompanied it. — More »

Hermannsburg: echoes in the landscape
Review by Stephanie Radok

Curator: Alison French Flinders University City Gallery 11 December 2010 - 30 January 2011 — More »

Home Open: Fremantle Artists and Their Collections
Review by Thelma John

Fremantle Arts Centre 27 November 2010 - 23 January 2011 — More »

Iran: Scripts of Despair and Love: Nasim Nasr & Siamak Fallah
Feature by Lisa Harms

Curator, artist and doctoral candidate Lisa Harms writes about two artists, Nasim Nasir and Siamak Fallah, both originally from Iran who now live and work in Adelaide and make work that references their homeland. — More »

John Barbour: Work for Now Full article available
Review by Wendy Walker

Curator: Kerry Crowley Australian Experimental Art Foundation 12 November 2010 - 29 January 2011 — More »

Life, death and magic: 2,000 years of Southeast Asian ancestral art
Review by James Bennett

National Gallery of Australia 13 August - 31 October 2010 — More »

Manifesta 8: Seeking a Dialogue with Africa
Feature by Alison Carroll

Curator and arts manager Alison Carroll visited Manifesta 8 the European Biennial of Contemporary Art held 9 October 2010 - 9 January 2011 in both Murcia and Cartegena in Spain and featuring over 100 artists. — More »

MONANISM Full article available
Review by Peter Hill

Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Hobart 22 January - 7 July 2011 — More »

Old Categories, New Frameworks: Asia-Australia
Feature by Christen Cornell

Writer, researcher and arts manager Christen Cornell studies the way China is now much more of a player on the international art curcuit than Australia and what it means to young Chinise-Australian artists. — More »

Open House Singapore Biennale 2011
Feature by Russell Storer

One of the curators of the Singapore Biennale Australian Russell Storer explains how the Biennale is a sited conversation, about place as well as process. — More »

Places that name us
Feature by Romaine Moreton

Poet and Research Fellow at Umulliko, the Wallotuka Institute at the University of Newcastle Romaine Moreton explores the idea of Indigenous diaspora. — More »

Pmere Arntarntareme / Watching This Place Full article available
Review by Kieran Finnane

20 November 2010 - 13 February 2011 Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, NT — More »

Reconnecting the Dots: Next Sydney Biennale Directors
Feature by Joanna Mendelssohn

Indigenous Canadian Gerald McMaster and Belgian Catherine de Zegher are joint directors of the next Biennale of Sydney. Joanna Mendelssohn interviewed Catherine de Zegher about the global and the local, difference and similarity... — More »

The Naked Face: Self-Portraits
Review by Anusha Kenny

Curator: Vivien Gaston National Gallery of Victoria — More »

The Quod Project: Tania Ferrier
Review by Ric Spencer

Heathcote Museum and Art Gallery, Perth 21 January - 27 February 2011 — More »

The whole and the sum of its parts: Kate Scardifield
Review by Amy Griffiths

MOP Projects, Sydney 3 December - 19 December 2010 — More »

Trace: Rosemary Burke Full article available
Review by Sean Kelly

Curator: Eliza Burke Rosny Barn, Hobart 12 November - 5 December 2010 — More »

Traditional Skills: Refugees Full article available
Feature by Stephanie Britton

South Australia's Craftsouth ran an outstanding workshop series in May 2010 where refugees with traditional craft skills from six countries taught their secrets to Australian craftspeople. — More »

Transcultural Radical
Feature by Aaron Seeto

Director of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art in Sydney Aaron Seeto attends to the artwork of Sumugan Sivanesan, Sangeeta Sandrasegar, Guan Wei and Kaleb Sabsabi to raise questions of experiences of cultural difference and the way they are inadequately critically interrogated in contemporary art practice. — More »

Unrequited Language: Khaled Sabsabi
Feature by Farid Farid

Freelance writer and doctoral candidate Farid Farid analyses the installations and videos of deep thinker Khaled Sabsabi which use sound and collaboration as a significant part of their presence. — More »

Weeds without Frontiers: Stephanie Radok Full article available
Feature by Cath Kenneally

Poet, novelist and broadcaster Cath Kenneally examines the recent work of Stephanie Radok which involves weeds painted on beer coasters and finds tenacity, diversity and survival-skills in it. — More »

Wrong Solo
Feature by Brian Fuata

This text is my earnest response to the question posed to me: how do artists approach cultural diversity in relation to their work or arts practice? — More »

MONANISM Full article available
Review by Maria Kunda

Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Hobart 22 January - 7 July 2011 — More »

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