Overview, Images
Zia Atahi, Untitled. Acrylic on canvas. Courtesy the artist.

Flow

Zia Atahi, Aida Azin, Tessa-May Chung, Leonie Leivenzon, Michael Tuhanuku, Maya Hodge, Luke Patterson, John Oh

8–18 Dec 2021

Flow begins with water. With the oceans, rivers, and waterways which connect us. Seldom understood these days, though in the beginning we would follow them like the veins of the earth. Understanding innately and intimately that this is where life Is sustained, but that this is also a place of delicate balance.

The space of liminality is often thought of as the limbo we dwell in before we arrive where we need to be – but really, there is no ‘before and after,’ there is simply the ‘and.’ Like the ocean, we, and everything around us, is always in process. But also, in delicate (and precarious) balance. To acknowledge this space is to recognise that we can be at once inside and outside, understanding and not understanding – always caught in that beautiful balance that is to remain in constant change. To acknowledge this space is to make kinder spaces. To create the possibility of allowing our very porous selves to be open to one another. To be in flow together.

With Zia Atahi, Aida Azin, Tessa-May Chung, Leonie Leivenzon (Future Histories Project), and Michael Tuhanuku, I hope to flow together with them in this space. Transforming the second gallery into a studio, together we question the perfect imperfectability of a work and challenge the impossibility of what it means to “finish” a work. Why we cannot be seen (personally and artistically) while we are in flux. Allowed to utilise this space throughout the duration of the exhibition, artists will have the opportunity to push back against the demands of the polished, and I will be there to ebb with them, re-curating the show each day to flow with their many flows.

Contributing texts are provided by Maya Hodge, Luke Patterson, and John Oh. Exploring our bodies of water and the idea of flow, the publication will continue to be developed over the course of the exhibition, with viewers invited to return and add their extra pages to grow their own catalogues.

Slight re-curations and amendments to the space will occur at 4pm each day.

And to enfold the audience into the exhibition, Tessa-May Chung will also be encouraging viewers to take her (self)portraits while John Oh will open up three writing collaborative writing sessions.

This Might Not Be a Poem by John Oh
A series of collaborative poetry workshops created generatively over the course of the exhibition.

Across three days, a digital collaborative text will be accessible before being populated onto a virtual mindmap forming an expanded visual poem that grows with the exhibition. This program continues John’s ongoing poetry practice, extending his work in community building and writing experimental poetry. Expanding on poetry workshops run in New Jersey, this series invites the audience to engage with the exhibition; find new ways to experience art and explore collaborative modes of writing.

Workshops take place on:
Friday 10 December 12-2pm
Tuesday 14 December 2-4pm
Saturday 18 December 4-6pm

No need to register, just log in or visit Blindside to join.

Onsite, Exhibition, Emerging Curator
Overview

The Blindside Emerging Curator Mentor program is focused on curatorial research and the development of an exhibition at Blindside. This year's curator Bea Rubio-Gabriel is working with mentor Amelia Wallin.

Supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and the City of Melbourne.

Closing: 16 Dec 2021, 7am–9am
This Might Not Be a Poem workshop by John Oh: 10 Dec 2021, 1am–3am
This Might Not Be a Poem workshop by John Oh: 14 Dec 2021, 3am–5am
This Might Not Be a Poem workshop by John Oh: 18 Dec 2021, 5am–7am

This program takes place on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We recognise that sovereignty was never ceded - this land is stolen land. We pay respects to Wurundjeri Elders, past, present and emerging, to the Elders from other communities and to any other Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders who might encounter or participate in the program.

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