Edge of Elsewhere

Category: Khaled Sabsabi

Installation Images – Campbelltown Arts Centre

From left: Lisa Havilah (Project Curator); Lindy Hume (Director, Sydney Festival); Michael Dagostino (Director, Campbelltown Arts Centre); and Aaron Seeto (Project Curator).

Edge of Elsewhere is pleased to present a selection of installation images from Edge of Elsewhere 2012, at Campbelltown Arts Centre. In it’s third and final year, Edge of Elsewhere presents new commissions from artists Brook Andrew, Richard Bell, Dacchi Dang, Shigeyuki Kihara, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Phaptawan Suwannakudt, Khaled Sabsabi and Michel Tuffery. The exhibition continues at Campbelltown Arts Centre until March 18, 2012.


Artist Talks – 2012

After the success of the opening night at Campbelltown Arts Centre, the artist (and quite a big audience) returned for the 2012 Artist Talks.

Aaron Seeto, Director, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art opened the Artist Talks before handing over to Dr. Thomas Berghuis. As one of the original curators of Edge of Elsewhere, Thomas provided a valuable insight into the progress that the project has made over it’s three years. Thomas facilitated a conversation with artists Arahmaiani, Khaled Sabsabi and YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES, discussing the role of the artist in contemporary society.

Panel discussion featuring Arahmaiani, Khaled Sabsabi and YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES, facilitated by Dr. Thomas Berghuis. Photograph: Susannah Wimberley

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Campbelltown Arts Centre – Exhibition Opening

Edge of Elsewhere 2012 officially opens at Campbelltown Arts Centre this evening from 7pm tonight.

Please join us for the launch of the final instalment of Edge of Elsewhere, curated by Dr. Thomas Berghuis, Lisa Havilah and
Aaron Seeto. Exhibited from tonight are new commissions by artists Brook Andrew, Richard Bell, Dacchi Dang, Shigeyuki Kihara, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Khaled Sabsabi, Phaptawan Suwannakudt and Michel Tuffery.

Shigeyuki Kihara will present a new live performance, Culture for Sale, from 8pm tonight.

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.

Khaled Sabsabi in The Sydney Morning Herald

Khaled Sabsabi's Naqshbandi Greenacre Engagement (2010) on display at the Blake Prize for Religious Art, National Art School, photography: Edwina Pickles

Edge of Elsewhere participating artist Khaled Sabsabi is enjoying some much deserved attention in the media since winning The Blake Prize for Religious Art.

‘Artful Ordinariness proves a winner’ was written by arts contributor Steve Meacham and published in the Herald last week. Meacham’s article  mentions that Khaled’s winning work was commissioned for Edge of Elsewhere in 2011, whilst also drawing attention to the increasing religious diverstiy in Sydney and Australia – definitely a good read.

Khaled Sabsabi wins Blake Prize for Religious Art

Khaled Sabsabi, Naqshbandi Greenacre Engagement, 2011, installation view, three-channel video projection, commissioned by Campbelltown Arts Centre, photography: Susannah Wimberley

Congratulations Khaled Sabsabi, who has won the 60th annual Blake Prize for Religious Art with his video work, Naqshbandi Greenacre Engagement (2010).

Sabsabi is a participating artist in Edge of Elsewhere, and developed Naqshbandi Greenacre Engagement during a period of intensive research for the exhibition. The three-channel video is a work that was born out of Sabsabi’s rigorous and commited engagement with members of the Naqshbandi Sufi Order of Australia, both in Greenacre, western Sydney and Melbourne. Sabsabi’s work reveals to us a view into the spiritual and communal gatherings of members of the Greenacre Order who come together on a weekly basis in a local Australian Scout halls for spiritual meditation in the form of Zkir ceremonies. Members from a variety of cultural backgrounds embraced the artist into their ceremonial setting, allowing both him and us as the audience to witness a world that eloquently explores the visual manifestations of subtle social realities of the power of shared spirituality and geography, in the context of contemporary Australian suburban existence.

Sabsabi has recently been travelling through Lebanon, Syria and the surrounding area to research and develop new work for Edge of Elsewhere 2012.

Full details of the other Blake Prize award winners can be found here.

Khaled Sabsabi

Khaled Sabsabi, 99, installation view, multimedia installation, Campbelltown Arts Centre, 2010, photography: Ian Hobbs

Khaled Sabsabi is an artist and community arts practitioner who specialises in multimedia, sound, video, installation and hip hop production. His work reflects the complex and often fraught space of border identities, migrant territories and identity production, characterised by an ever-changing and contingent nature. Born in Tripoli, Lebanon, in 1965, Sabsabi migrated with his family to Australia in 1978 and settled in Western Sydney. Since the late 1980s he has worked with communities to create and develop arts programs and projects that explore people and places from broad social, political and ideological spectrum’s.
For more information, please see the artists website.