Edge of Elsewhere

Category: Lisa Reihana

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.

Lisa Reihana

Lisa Reihana, installation view, Edge of Elsewhere 2010, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Photography: Ian Hobbs

Lisa Reihana was raised in Blockhouse Bay in Auckland, New Zealand. As a result of the widespread Maori migration from New Zealand’s rural areas to city centers in the mid-20th century, Reihana grew up in an urban environment away from her traditional marae (tribal homelands and community). This displacement from the marae and an ongoing physical interaction with the ancestral world piqued Reihana’s interest in Maori customary practice, her work often investigating traditional elements found in marae such as carving and weaving. Her art practice can be characterised broadly as installation that utilises video and sound, however she also works in mediums including film, photography, sculpture, costume, body adornment, and text-based works. Her works communicate complex ideas related to community, Maori identity, portability, hybridity, sexuality and gender.

2010 Exhibition – Campbelltown Arts Centre

Installation View Edge of Elsewhere Campbelltown Arts Centre 2010. From top to bottom: Wang Jianwei (Photo by Ian Hobbs), Lisa Reihana (Photo by Ian Hobbs), YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES (Photo by Susannah Wimberley), Khaled Sabsabi (Photo by Susannah Wimberley), Arahmaiani  (Photo by Ian Hobbs)

In 2010 Edge of Elsewhere presented work by Brook Andrew, Arahmaiani, Richard Bell, Dacchi Dang, Newell Harry, Shigeyuki Kihara, Kimsooja, Lisa Reihana, Khaled Sabsabi, Wang Jianwei and YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES across the porjects venues, Campbelltown Arts Centre and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.