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Brook Andrew – Banjo


Edge of Elsewhere is excited to present a series of production sketches from a major new work, Banjo, by Australian artist, Brook Andrew.

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Newell Harry – Istanbul Biennial

Newell Harry, Untitled gift mat series, installation view, Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennial), 2011

The Edge of Elsewhere team would like to share some installation images of Newell Harry’s work that has been included in the 12th Istanbul Biennial, Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennial), 2011.Harry’s contribution to the Biennial included a number of his untitled gift mat series. This series (pictured above) are a group of Tapa mat’s that Newell Harry commissioned in 2009. Other Australian artists in the Biennial include Simryn Gill, with her series of photographs, My Own Private Angkor. Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennial), 2011 run until 13 November, 2011.


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Breathing is Free: 12,756.3 – Canberra

Breathing is Free: 12,756.3 - Sendai

Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Breathing is Free: 12,756.3 - Sendai, 2011, single-channel digital video, 19:10, courtesy the artist nd Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo and Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York

We are excited to announce that Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba will be undertaking a leg of his ongoing project, Breathing is Free: 12,756.3, in Canberra this October for the Edge of Elsewhere exhibition.

An ongoing project that will last approximately 8 years, Breathing is Free: 12,756.3 is the most recent incarnation of Nguyen-Hatsushiba’s ‘Memorial Project’ series. In this project the artist is attempting to run the diamater of the earth (12,756.3 km). This distance will be accumulated as Nguyen-Hatsushiba runs through cities in various countries, such as Canberra.

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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.

Newell Harry exhibits internationally

Newell Harry, Reverse Missionary (Easy Rider), 2009-10, installation view, courtesy the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.

Edge of Elsewhere participant Newell Harry will be exhibiting in the international exhibition, rendezvous 11, at the Institut D’Art Contemporain, Lyon, France. Harry is working in collaboration with David Elliot, curator of the 2010 Biennale of Sydney, The Beauty of Distance: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age to deliver his contribution to the exhibition. A number of works from the 2011 Edge of Elsewhere exhibition will be included in rendezvous11, including Reverse Missionary (Easy River) (above). An online publication is available (in English) for more information regarding Harry, and other participating artists.

Harry will also be included in The 12th Istanbul Biennial, Untitled (The 12th Istanbul Biennial), 2011. The Biennial will include five group shows and approximately 45 solo presentations. Each of the group shows will feature a large number of artists’ works brought together under one of the following themes – “Untitled” (Passport), “Untitled” (Ross), “Untitled” (Death by Gun), “Untitled” (Abstraction), and “Untitled” (History – each referring to works by Felix Gonzalez-Torres.

The exhibition opens on Saturday, 17 September and continues until 13 November, 2011.