Adelaide International 2012: Restless

Adelaide Festival

February 2, 2012

Adelaide International 2012: Restless

2012 Adelaide Festival
1 March–5 April 2012 

Curator: Victoria Lynn

Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art
Australian Experimental Art Foundation
Contemporary Art Centre of SA
Flinders University City Gallery

The Adelaide Festival’s Visual Arts program brings you the second Adelaide International: Restless, curated by Festival Visual Arts Curator Victoria Lynn. 

Featuring the work of 18 international artists, including five Adelaide premieres, the exhibition is located at four public galleries in Adelaide, Australia: Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia and Flinders University City Gallery.

Exploring the restlessness of our times, the artists seek out threshold experiences and create works that convey an ongoing transition from one condition to another. By exploring physical force fields, or by negotiating complex cultural sites, the artists create the sensation of being catapulted into the spaces between the extremities of the living “heavens” and “hells” in our contemporary era, endeavouring to create works that defy easy categorisation and instead seek out imagery that pivots on an edge.

Taking as their starting points the aspirational and affective concepts of faith, emotion, mystery and the cosmos, the works in this exhibition explore thresholds and transitions, departures and deviations. The resonant spaces of architecture, the translation of works and cultures, the precipice between life and death, presence and absence, are the various scores at play. The restless journeys, splintered sense of time and open-ended explorations in these artistic practices give us a new vision of the experience of dynamic force fields and mobility.

Artists: Francis Alÿs (BEL/MEX), N.S. Harsha (IND), Chosil Kil (STH KOR/UK), Annika Larsson (SWE), Augustin Maurs (FRA), Teresa Margolles (MEX), Rabih Mroué (LEB), Saskia Olde Wolbers (NED/UK), Postcommodity (USA), Lisa Reihana (NZ), Anri Sala (ALB/GER), Socratis Socratous (CYP), Nancy Spero (USA), Danae Stratou (GRE), Jinoos Taghizadeh (IRAN).

Developed in collaboration with the participating galleries and supported by University of South Australia, the Adelaide International 2012: Restless will consolidate the Adelaide Festival’s long history of engagement with contemporary art from around the world. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.

The Festival also presents Artists’ Week: Into Cosmos, a four day symposium featuring international speakers Hou Hanru (China/USA), N.S. Harsha (India), Kelly Link (USA), Gerald McMaster (Canada), Cuauhtémoc Medina (Mexico), Jack Persekian (Palestine), Postcommodity (USA), Lisa Reihana (NZ), Danae Stratou (Greece) and Jan Verwoert (Netherlands), alongside several Australian artists and academics including Peter Beilharz, Jill Bennett, Paul Carter, Robert Cook, Barbara Creed, Shaun Gladwell, Julie Gough, Teri Hoskin, Anne Marsh, Jennifer A. McMahon, Tom Nicholson, Nikos Papastergiadis, Julie Rrap, Lisa Slade, Linda Marie Walker and Pamela Zeplin. 

The Adelaide Festival’s Visual Arts program is also proud to be in partnership with the Art Gallery of South Australia in their presentation of the Parallel Collisions: 2012 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art and Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute’s exhibition by eight leading Australian First Nation artists and collectives, Deadly: In-between Heaven and Hell.

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