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Upcoming exhibitions and public program:

Image credit: David Keeling, Honeymoon Bay, 2018, oil on linen

David Keeling: As The Light Falls
Niagara Galleries: 245 Punt Rd, Richmond
9 April – 4 May
Opening Tuesday 6pm. All welcome.
Free entry
In this exhibition artist David Keeling continues his decades long commitment to picturing the landscapes of his native Tasmania. His body of work bears witness to the changing character of a landscape under pressure from climate change and development.
Coastlines altered by storm surges, paths cut through pristine forest, and roads pushing through bush to expose coastal vistas looking out to a beckoning horizon.
Artist: David Keeling

Image credit: Kawita Vatanajyankur, Carrier II, 2017, digital print from single channel HD video

Bruised: Art Action & Ecology in Asia

RMIT Gallery: 344 Swanston St, Melbourne
12 April – 1 June
Opening Thursday 11 April 6pm- 8pm. All welcome.
Free entry

When it comes to ways in which artists address ecological issues, actions can be big or small – it’s the action that is important however subtle. In the face of complex environmental problems Bruised: Art Action and Ecology in Asia examines how artistic response combined with gentle activism can result in a rich legacy and empower further actions in the community. The exhibition features Australian and international artists whose work focuses on environment and social issues in Asia, including:
Artists: Arahmaiani, Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, Marnie Badham, Made Bayak, Yu Fang Chi, Ryoko Kose, Pradyumna Kumar, Pushpa Kumari, Ly Hoang Ly, James Nguyen, Elia Nurvista, Sherman Ong, Sarker Protick, Fitri Ranatarya, Mandy Ridley, Khvay Samnang, Gigi Scaria, Lizzy Simpson, Manit Sriwanichpoom, Kawita Vatanajyankur, Tintin Wulia, Zheng Bo
Curator: Helen Rayment


RMIT Gallery: 344 Swanston St, Melbourne
Monday 13 May 2019 2:00-3:00pm
RSVP via eventbrite

Join artist Elia Nurvista for lunch at RMIT Gallery to discuss the complex relationship of rise to the local/global dynamics of exchange and international aid in Indonesia and Asia.

We are taking bookings for those who will eat the meal. Observers may walk in on the day to watch the action, depending on space availability.

Please advise if you have food allergies [email: when your booking is confirmed]. The menu is primarily white rice. A full ingredient list will be provided on the day.

Bruised Food: a Living Laboratory is a project curated by Marnie Badham and Francis Maravillas that complements the exhibition Bruised: Art Action & Ecology in Asia at RMIT Gallery (12 April - 1 June). The Bruised Food Lab Events critically reflects on food and social practice, and present works and events by artists.

About the event

As one of the world’s major food crops and staple food, rice is unique in the extent and variety of its uses and its shaping of societies and cultures, particularly in Asia.

Significantly, the politics and economics of rice in the region have been transformed by processes of globalisation, new agricultural practices and technologies as well as changing diets and tastes. At the same time, the ecology of rice is embedded in established food and socio-cultural systems that are at once local and traditional.

Building on earlier works that explores the politics of rice in the context of Indonesia’s political economy (Hunger Inc) and colonial history (Rijstaffel: The Flamboyant Table) this project presents a series of reflections on significance of rice in the context of the Asian diaspora in Australia.

About the artist

Elia Nurvista is a young Indonesian artist whose practice focuses on food production and distribution and its broader social and historical implications.

Food in various forms — from the planting of crops, to the act of eating and the sharing of recipes — are Nurvista’s entry point to exploring issues of economics, labour, politics, culture and gender. Her practice is also concerned with the intersection between food and commodities, and their relationship to colonialism, economic and political power, and status.

She runs Bakudapan, a food study group that undertakes community and research projects, and her social research forms the background of her individual projects, presented through mixed media installations, food workshops and group discussion.

Her previous installations use a range of materials from crystalline sugar sculptures to sacks of rice, often incorporating video or mural painting and an element of audience interaction.

Image courtesy of Bunjil Place

Of This Earth: A Sensory and Gastronomic Journey Around Bunjil Place

Bunjil Place: 2 Patrick Northeast Drive, Narre Warren.
Saturday 4 May
Tickets $85

We are what we eat, so what are we eating? And when we eat, how does each bite shape the land, touch the soil and write our future? Enjoy a delicious degustation menu designed by Chef, Alex Perry as you move through different parts of the Bunjil Place precinct. Presented by Carbon Arts.

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CLIMARTE acknowledges that the ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 festival takes place on the unceded lands of First Nation peoples and pays its respect to elders past, present and emerging.

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