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NEW ART
REL PHAM: ELECTRIC DIRGE

Need an electric boost? Discover the fantastical work Electric Dirge by designer, animator, illustrator and painter Rel Pham. Commissioned for 4A Digital, this new animation entices viewers to glide into a neon-glistening and sonically-throbbing virtual palace, where a bounce-back of mysterious forces awaits.

Known for his strong use of electric, vibrant colours and a penchant for surrealism, Pham explores old and new myths, traditions, fables and rituals, resulting in surreal portraits or paintings of monoliths, computers and objects that look like alien still-lifes.

 

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LUNCHTIME ARTIST TALKS
LEYLA STEVENS // DANIELA YOHANNES

Learn on your lunch break! Join us live on Zoom this Wednesday 1 September to catch Leyla Stevens in conversation with Mikala Tai, co-curator of I am a heart beating in the world: Diaspora Pavilion 2. The online talk series continues on Wednesday 8 September with Daniela Yohannes and Mikala Tai. The artists appear as part of the group exhibition exploring the navigations, imaginings and lived experiences of artists based in Australia, the UK and the Caribbean: Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Kashif Nadim Chaudry, Lindy Lee, Leyla Stevens, Zadie Xa and Daniela Yohannes.

I am a heart beating in the world: Diaspora Pavilion 2 is presented by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and International Curators Forum in partnership with Campbelltown Arts Centre, and accessible online until 17 October.


Lunchtime Artist Talk Series
Leyla Stevens

Wednesday 1 September 2021 
12:30-1:00pm AEST | 
Online | Free

Daniela Yohannes
Wednesday  8 September 2021
12:30-1:00pm
AEST | 
Online | Free

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ONLINE PANEL
CLAY FOUNDATIONS

How do artists use clay as a medium to connect with culture, tradition, land and identity? Join us on Wednesday 1 September, 6:30 pm AEST for a Zoom panel to coincide with the Drawn by stones group exhibition at Counihan Gallery, which is temporarily closed in line with VIC lockdown regulations.

Presented by UNSW Art & Design and 4A, the panel features Drawn by stones artists Dr Wen-Hsi HarmanRuth Ju-Shih Li and Jody Rallah alongside Drawn by stones curator Bridie Moran and Professor Yu-cheih Li (Department of Visual Studies, Lingnan University, Hong Kong). The talk will be moderated by Professor Paul Gladston (UNSW Art & Design).

Clay Foundations: Can ceramics explore a national identity?
Wednesday 1 September, 2021
6:30-8:00 pm AEST | Online | Free

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ONLINE PANEL
SURVIVAL AESTHETICS

Join 4A, The Japan Foundation, and UNSW | Art & Design on Thursday 9 September for Survival Aesthetics: On Post Contemporary Art Practice in Japan, a Zoom panel on post-contemporary art practices in Japan, featuring Jesse Hogan, Professor Yuko Hasegawa, and Yuki Okumura.

Moderated by Professor Paul Gladston, the discussion will unpack the cross-cultural discourses between academics, artists and writers in Japan and Australia. The talk expands upon Jesse Hogan’s 2019 research treatise Survival Aesthetics (Tokyo University of Arts) and the forthcoming Interview Series Publication, which focuses on the bonds formed by these socio-cultural art practices and their relevance to Japanese, Australian and international art audiences.

Survival Aesthetics: On Post Contemporary Art Practice in Japan
Thursday 9 September
7:00–8:30 pm AEST | Online Talk | Free

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LISTEN
THE COLOUR CYCLE
DIVERSITY ARTS AUSTRALIA

Looking for a cool podcast to hook into? Check out Episode 2: I Am Not A Virus: anti-Asian Covid racism’ from Diversity Arts Australia’s latest season of The Colour Cycle podcast - out now! Hosted by DARTS director Lena Nahlous, the series aims to disrupt cultural whitewashing and provide concrete strategies for change in the creative sector.

In response to the surge of Anti-Asian racism during COVID-19, DARTS launched I Am Not A Virus, an artist-led project that provided powerful counter-narratives to xenophobia and racism. Episode 2 features interviews with Asian artists, partners and curators from the Acute Actions: I Am Not A Virus exhibition co-presented by 4A Centre for Contemporary Art and DARTS, including artists Jayanto Tan, Andrea Srisurapon, and co-curator Reina Takeuchi.

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WHERE IS 4A? 
ONLINE & OFFSITE

The 4A team are currently WFH during the NSW Health lockdown. Need to get in touch? Email us here. 4A's Haymarket gallery is temporarily closed to the public while the City of Sydney undertakes remedial works to improve the 127-year old heritage-listed Corporation Building that has been 4A's home for over 20 years! This major make-over ensures that 4A’s role as a leader in Asian contemporary art in Australia continues for many years to come.

During this time, 4A continues to commission, present, document and research contemporary Asian art and the active role it plays towards understanding and developing the multifaceted relationship between Australia and the wider Asian region. 

 

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Acknowledgements: 4A Digital in 2021 is commissioned by 4A and curated by the Curatorial Assistant for 2021, Marco Rinaldi, as part of 4A’s Digital Curatorship. The 4A Curatorial Assistant Program is supported by the Sally Breen Family Foundation. Video excerpts courtesy the designer / I am a heart beating in the world: Diaspora Pavilion 2, Sydney is presented in partnership with International Curators Forum and with support from Outset. This project has been supported by The British Council /  Acute Actions is presented by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and Diversity Arts Australia and is part of the I Am Not A Virus project. Supported by Australia Council, Create NSW, Creative Victoria, City of Sydney, City of Parramatta and Inner West Council / Drawn by stones is presented in 2021 with the important support of the Counihan Gallery In Brunswick, part of Moreland City Council. Support for the development of Drawn by stones has been provided through project partners at the Taiwanese Economic and Cultural Office in Sydney, and The Gordon Darling Foundation.

Image captions: Rel Pham, Electric Dirge, 2021 / Leyla Stevens in front of Our Sea is Always Hungry, 2018 / Daniela Yohannes; supplied. /Wen-Hsi Harman, Theory of land, from Land Series, 2015 / Jesse Hogan, Survival Aesthetics, 2021, GIF designed by Jesse Hogan / Diversity Arts Australia, I Am Not A Virus, from The Colour Cycle series, 2021, courtesy DARTS / The 4A team: Amrit Gill, Nuala Furtado, Mariam Arcilla, Con Gerakaris, Bridie Moran, Reina Takeuchi, Lucia Nguyen, Nicole Beck. Images taken using Cybermancy 2, an interactive webcam work by Jane Fan, commissioned for 4A Digital. Visit our site to make your own! All images courtesy the individuals mentioned above. 
 
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4A acknowledges the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation, the traditional owners and custodians of the land on which our Sydney gallery is situated, and gives respect to Elders past, present and emerging. 

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art is an initiative of the Asian Australian Artists Association Inc. We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the Commonwealth Government through the Visual Art & Craft Strategy and the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body; the NSW Government through Create NSW and the City of Sydney; and all of our donors and patrons.


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