Bruised: Art Action & Ecology in Asia – Group Artists Talk
12 Apr 12:30pm -
12 Apr 1:30pm
Arahmaiani, Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, Mandy Ridley
As part of the new RMIT Gallery exhibition Bruised: Art Action & Ecology in Asia, esteemed Indonesian performance artist Arahmaiani will join Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan, who moved to Australia from the Philippines in 2006, and Brisbane based artist Mandy Ridley, to discuss their work in the exhibition.
Bruised: Art Action and Ecology in Asia examines how artists are using creative actions to open discussions around food sustainability and production, environmental catastrophes and human migration in our region.
About the artists
Arahmaiani frequently uses art as a means of critical commentary on social, religion, and cultural issues. For the past eight years, a particular focus of her work has been environmental issues in the Tibetan plateau region, where she has been actively collaborating on-site with Buddhist monks and villagers to foster greater environmental consciousness through an array of ongoing community projects.
Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan are a husband-and-wife team whose elaborate installations and sculptures are invested with a sense of Filipino culture and character, and often set against experiences of dislocation and change. Their work reflects their own personal experience of migration, as well as the broad contemporary phenomena of global exchange and communication.
Mandy Ridley’s projects often start with material culture research, using colour, pattern and craft to explore points of resonance between people of differing cultural experience; tracing history, influence and connection.
Image: (detail) Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan, Arrivals and Departures, 2019. cardboard, luggage portable trolley
Photography by Ejian Studio @ Fang Zheng, Ji He, Wang Wenze, Du Hongbin
Bruised: Art Action and Ecology in Asia is part of the of ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 23 April–19 May, a socially-engaged festival of exhibitions, theatre works, keynote lectures, events and artist talks considering climate change impacts and the challenges and opportunities arising from climate change.