SITUATE / LIGHTSCAPES / 16 February to 20 June 2016
An exhibition of works from the past residents of the SITUATE Canadian Indigenous Arts Residency Exchange located in the Rodda Lane and Building 2 Lightwell Lightscapes.
In 2011 an annual residency and exchange partnership began between RMIT SITUATE and the Gushul Studio Residency Program at the University of Lethbridge in Canada. The Gushul studios are located in Blairmore, a small community in the Rocky Mountains in southwest Alberta. The studio opened in 1988 as a remote site for creative residencies, and has hosted over hundreds of artists, scholars and other professionals.
Each year, RMIT SITUATE and the University of Lethbridge supports one Indigenous creative practitioner to undertake a six to eight week residency at Gushul. The works presented in this series of the Lightscape Projects have been selected from the recent recipients of the residency, which aims to connect and expand Indigenous culture and explore ideas of Indigeneity.
Bianca Beetson (2014 Recipient) is a Kabi Kabi woman, Born in Roma Western Queensland. Beetson studied a Bachelor of Art Visual Arts (Honours) at the Queensland University of Technology. She was selected for the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Primavera exhibition in 1997. As a member of the Campfire Group she participated in the project All Stock Must Go which was part of the 2nd Asia Pacific Triennial at Queensland Art Gallery in 1996. Her works have been presented in a variety of solo and group exhibitions within Australia and overseas and is held in the collection of Art Bank and Queensland Art Gallery. Bianca's work is usually pink, with the occasional variation in hue which has become the signature for her work. It is not just the colour pink alone that makes her work so unique, but rather her use of humour and satire to critique issues of importance. Bianca's work is concerned with her identity as an Aboriginal, the commodification of Aboriginal Culture; the demarcation of Art, Artifact and Kitsch; critique of the social and cultural structures; and the critique of the 'beauty' and the 'feminine'. Her work is blended with references to the work of twentieth century artists such as Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Lin Onus, Rover Thomas, Richard Bell and Andy Warhol.
Location: Rodda Lane
Eric Bridgeman (2013 Recipient) is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Brisbane, Australia. Bridgeman’s art practice crosses disciplines of photography, performance, video, and installation. The dominant focus of his work involves the discussion of identity and self-design; performance in social and cultural domains; and the dissection of contemporary taboos.
Bridgeman graduated from Photography at the Queensland College of Art in 2009, majoring in Art Practice, which saw the beginnings of his break through work The Sport and Fair Play of Aussie Rules (2008/09). This work first featured in Brisbane’s Institute of Modern Art’s annual exhibition Fresh Cut, which led to further opportunities from organisations and institutions such as Next Wave Festival (Melbourne), Gallery 4A (Sydney), Australia Council for the Arts, Australian Centre for Photography (Sydney) and the University of Queensland Art Museum (Brisbane).
Since 2008, Bridgeman has been residing and producing work between his bases in Australia and Papua New Guinea. During 2011 and 2012 he has undertaken international residencies in Alberta, Canada and Liverpool, United Kingdom. In 2011 Bridgeman was selected for the Museum of Contemporary Art’s annual Primavera exhibition. During 2012 Bridgeman founded the collective YAL TON with video editor Willy Bernardoff and his relatives in Kujip, Jiwaka Province of Papua New Guinea to produce the work Haus Man for the exhibition Taboo at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.
Location: Building 2 Rear Courtyard
Vicki Couzens (2012 Recipient) is a Keerray Wurrong woman from the Western Districts of Victoria.
Vicki's work is inspired and informed by her culture and her passion for the reclamation, regeneration and revitalisation of cultural knowledge and practices. Her images and installations are drawn from the teachings of her Ancestors, Old People and Elders who guide her through her life. Land, language and identity are who we are….. through the use of language, stories and image our culture is made stronger, our connections are made stronger, we are made stronger.”
Location: Rodda Lane
Kirsten Lyttle (2015 Recipient) is a Melbourne based multi-media artist who is of Māori descent. Her Iwi (tribe) is Waikato, tribal affiliation is Ngaati Taghina, Tainui A Whiro. Trained as a photographer (Fine Art) at RMIT University, she was awarded a Master of Fine Art in 2013 (RMIT University). In March 2015, she began her PhD candidature at Deakin University, where she is investigating the compatibility of Māori customary art practices and digital imaging technologies. Kirsten has taught Digital Imaging in the Visual Art program at RMIT University for the past four years. She has exhibited widely in Australia and internationally including, Indonesian Contemporary Art Network Yogyakarta (Indonesia), Galleria 291 Est. Rome (Italy), and Oedipus Rex Gallery Auckland (New Zealand). Recent shows include Vai Niu Wai Niu Coconut Water, Caboolture Regional Arts Centre,27th November 2015 - 27th February 2016.
Location: Building 2 Lightwell