Edge of Elsewhere

Category: Arahmaiani

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art – Installation Images

Khaled Sabsabi, corner (2012), installation view, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, 2012. Photograph: Susannah Wemberley

Thank you to all that made it to the opening of Edge of Elsewhere at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art last night. There was an incredible amount of support for the project and participating artits. Special thanks also to Maud Page for opening the exhibition.

There’s a small selection of installation images below.

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4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art – Exhibition Launch

Edge of Elsewhere launches this evening, 6 – 8pm at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, 181-187 Hay Street, Haymarket. The exhibition will be opened by Maud Page, Curator of Contemporary Pacific Art, Queensland Art Gallery.


In its final year, Edge of Elsewhere presents a number of projects in development since 2010. Exhibited at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art are works by Arahmaiani, FX Harsono, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Khaled Sabsabi and YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES.

By initiating and developing experiences of cross-cultural dialogue with communities, and linking these to significant experiences of contemporary art and everyday life, Edge of Elsewhere expands the profile of Australia’s emerging communities by connecting them with broader national and international arts practices.

Edge of Elsewhere – Install

YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES - THE SLICKEST LITTLE KOREAN SCUMBAG DOWNUNDER (2011), HD QuickTime movie with original soundtrack, installation view

Last weekend the Edge of Elsewhere team took a break to enjoy Sydney Festival First Night, which included a live performance of  Brook Andrew’s  Travelling Colony, a dizzying and hypnotic combination of the artists Wiradjuri tradition, the circus and pop culture. The following day the team headed to Carriageworks in Redfern for the launch of Black Capital, the inaugural series of performances, seminars, concerts and exhibitions that celebrate the diversity of Redfern, as the Indigenous capital of Australia.

So after an enjoyable weekend it was back into the galleries today, preparing for our own openings later this week. Remember, the openings of our new exhibitions begin this Thursday, at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art at 6pm.




Edge of Elsewhere 2012

Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Breathing is Free: 12,756.3 – Ho Chi Minh City, 118.3 km (2007) single channel digital video, 19:10 courtesy the artist and Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo and Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York

Spanning from Campbelltown to Chinatown, and far beyond, Edge of Elsewhere is a three year long-term project engaging with the diverse cultural mix of suburban Sydney.

In its final year, Edge of Elsewhere showcases new commissions from a range of innovative and exciting contemporary artists from across Australia, Asia and the Pacific, developed in collaboration with a range of Sydney communities.

Presented across two venue, this landmark project positions a number of communities of Greater Sydney within a wider context of Asia-Pacific. Edge of Elsewhere is a bold commitment to artistic collaboration, community participation and the exploration of contemporary ideas in the suburban environment.

Artists: Brook Andrew, Arahmaiani, Richard Bell, Dacchi Dang, Newell Harry, FX Harsono, Shigeyuki Kihara, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Lisa Reihana, Khaled Sabsabi, Phaptawan Suwannakudt, Michel Tuffery and YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES.


Arahmaiani, Home, 2011, video and installation with flags, installation view, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, photography: Susannah Wimberely

Arahmaiani was born in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia, and is one of Indonesia’s most prominent contemporary artists. Working primarily in performance and installation since the early 1980s, Arahmaiani has gained an international reputation for her provocative work. Her Indonesian heritage, Western art training and humanist concerns which explore themes of violence, repression, conformity and the role of women in contemporary society and cultures, has seen Arahmaiani curated into numerous exhibitions and performances, ranging from those held directly in street protests in Indonesia to contemporary art museums in Asia, Europe and America. Arahmaiani represented Indonesia at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003 with the work 11 June 2003, which responded to the violence and consequences of the terrorist attack of 12 October 2002 on Bali, in which 202 people were killed. Recently, Arahmaiani has produced art and social projects in Germany, Malaysia, Singapore and the USA, and was included in Contemporaneity: Contemporary Art of Indonesia at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai (2010). Arahmaiani lives and works in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Arahmaiani – Home (2011)

Arahmaiani Home

Arahmaiani, Home (still) 2010, Installation with Flags and Videos, Dimensions Variable, Courtesy the artist

For Edge of Elsewhere 2011, Arahmaiani developed a video and installation project based on the theme of home.  The artist met with diverse groups living in Sydney, researching the shifting definitions of a concept that many of us take for granted, a term often referred to but little understood.

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