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16 December 2014
Summer at AGWA
Summer is shaping up at AGWA with a strong line-up of contemporary art exhibitions, a stunning display of artefacts recovered and restored from the Jewish Ghetto of Venice, extended opening hours, artist performances and events.
Also making its debut is Screen Space, a permanent display space for the Gallery’s steadily increasing filmic acquisitions. A different work will screen every two months.
Screen Space opened on 13 December with David Rosetzky’s Nothing Like This (2007) which portrays the interactions of a group of young people on holiday. Languor and unease both pervade this reflective evocation of life, as the serene beauty of the sea and landscape which backdrops their aimless activities, contrasts with the soundtrack of youthful self-doubt and personal anxieties. Nothing Like This screens until 1 March 2015.
From 7 March, Cheong Hoy Wong’s Dog Hole will screen in conjunction with the Gallery’s Anzac display, For Love of Country.
AGWA Curator, Jenepher Duncan said, “Filmic works are an increasingly popular part of contemporary art practice and the Gallery has a growing representation of some of the best Australian and international artists who work with the moving image. In order to properly showcase our growing holdings, the Gallery has set up its own dedicated Screen Space. There will be something for everyone as our 2015 program moves from the beauty and travails of youthful friendships, to the harsh realities of war, to the exploration of cultural identity and the memory of place.”
The full Screen Space program for 2015 includes:
David Rosetzky Nothing Like This 13 Dec 2014 – 1 Mar 2015
Cheong Hoy Wong Dog Hole 7 Mar – 17 May 2015
Susan Norrie Enola 30 May – 16 Aug 2015
Angelica Mesiti Citizens Band 22 Aug – 8 Nov 2015
Christian Thompson Heat 14 Dec 2015 – 31 Jan 2016
AGWA is also delighted to announce that Rachel Dease will present a new work From a Small, Distant World at the Gallery as part of the 2015 FRINGE WORLD Festival. A new song cycle inspired by the Voyager Golden Record combines original recordings from the spacecraft, electromagnetic soundwaves and film from the blue yonder, soaring strings, and Dease’s haunting voice, to create a love song from a small distant world.

Treasures of the Jewish Ghetto of Venice opened on 8 December. Most recently presented at the Winter Palace in Vienna, 32 precious silver and bronze objects from the 1700s to early 1900s are on display after being restored to reveal their full splendour.

Hidden in 1943, from the approaching Nazi armies by two Venetian Jewish religious leaders who never returned from the concentration camps, these valuable examples of Venetian silversmithing and bronze-casting methods, were only unearthed during the restoration of the Scuola Spagnola in Venice.
International artist, Mariko Mori, arrives in early February for the Australian premiere of her exhibition Rebirth. This is a highlight event of the 2015 Perth International Arts Festival and Mori will open the exhibition and launch the visual arts program with a performance centred on the concept of Oneness. There are limited tickets available for the exclusive opening night event through Mori will also present an artist talk on Sunday 8 February.
Rebirth is an immersive, contemplative experience composed of installations, glowing LED sculptures, photographs, drawings and videos. Quiet and beautiful, this thoughtful and absorbing exhibition takes audiences from a sculpture symbolising the eternal cycle of life to the creation of a pulsing white hole that depicts a star being born. 
new passports, new photography continues into the new year and across FRINGE WORLD. Celebrating AGWA’s growing collection of photography acquisitions, this exhibition brings together over 100 works predominantly by Western Australian and Australian artists. Often presented as series, the images on show provide intense and inescapable encounters that pull viewers directly into the photographers’ worlds. From soft, personal imagery to strong statements, from the intimate to the deeply political, the works explore how artists use the camera to reflect, construct and challenge identity.
During January, children are invited to join art workshops where they can create their own masks inspired by Max Pam’s work Portrait of Janno as a Black and Gold cornflakes product 2007.
Rounding out the contemporary program is Australian Design: ten years of the Peter Fogarty Fund, on display until 9 March. A vibrant collection of objects from leading design artists such as Dinosaur Designs, DANIEL.EMMA and Cinnamon Lee, this exhibition highlights the Gallery’s design works acquired through the generosity of Dr Tim Jeffery.
Mariko Mori Opening Celebration and Performance | 8-10pm, Sat 7 Feb | $35+BF
Mariko Mori: Rebirth | OPENS 8 Feb | FREE
Mariko Mori Artist Talk | 2pm, Sun 8 Feb | $15+BF 
From a Small, Distant World | 7.30pm & 9pm, 30-31 Jan | 9pm, 1 Feb | $25 through FRINGE WORLD
new passports, new photography | UNTIL 8 Feb | FREE
School holiday workshop | 10am-3pm, 12 to 23 Jan (excluding Tuesdays and weekends) | Gold coin donation 
Screen Space | Ongoing | FREE
Australian Design: ten years of the Peter Fogarty Fund | UNTIL 9 Mar | FREE
Treasures of the Jewish Ghetto of Venice | UNTIL 16 Mar | FREE
new passports, new photography is open until 7pm, Fri-Sun, 23 Jan - 1 Feb.
Screen Space is open until 7pm, Fri-Sun, 23 Jan - 1 Mar.
Mariko Mori: Rebirth is open until 7pm, Fri-Sun, 13 Feb - 7 Mar.
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For more information, interviews and imagery please contact Tanya Sticca on 9492 6692 or email

Artist interviews can be arranged for Mariko Mori: Rebirth, new passports, new photography and Screen space. Curator interviews can be arranged for all exhibitions.
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Rebirth was curated by Mariko Mori in 2012, and revised for Western Australia. It was previously shown at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, and Japan Society Gallery in New York.
All images are courtesy and copyright of the artist.
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David Rosetzky Nothing Like This 2007. 16mm film transferred to DVD (16:9 format), 3/6 (+ 2 artist proofs), 24 minutes, 36 seconds. State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia. Purchased through the Sir Claude Hotchin Art Foundation, Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2007. Torah crown Italy, mid-19th century. Silvered metal, 23 x 30 cm. Photographer Jean-François Jaussaud. Collection of the Communità Ebraica di Venezia (The Jewish Community of Venice). Mariko Mori Photo by David Sims.
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