the place one lives.,
Talia Smith, Leyla Stevens, Miko Revereza, Amrita Hepi
1 Aug–30 Oct 2020
For the place one lives., four artists were invited to submit work relating to notions of home. The resulting works by Miko Revereza, Leyla Stevens, Talia Smith and Amrita Hepi consider what constitutes home through different guises - meditating on the malleability of home through gesture, image, memory, the body, story and site. That which constitutes home can adapt and evolve over time. What remains constant for creative practitioners is that art has the ability to act as a home — a place one can always return.
For the place one lives., four artists were invited to submit work relating to notions of home.
Exhibited at Blindside Satellite Screens Online at Blindside + on public screens at Bunjil Place, Narre Warren; Harmony Square, Dandenong; Liverpool, Sydney and Beenleigh Queensland.
Talia Smith is an artist and curator from Aotearoa and now based in Sydney, Australia. She is of Cook Island, Samoan and New Zealand European heritage. Her photographic and video practice explores notions of time, memory and familial history with a focus on our relationship to land. She has exhibited in Australia, New Zealand, New York and Germany with solo shows at Bus Projects, Verge Gallery and Wellington Street Projects. She has completed residencies at Bundanon Trust and Basis Frankfurt and was a finalist for the Gabriele Basilico Prize. She is currently undertaking her MFA at UNSW.
Leyla Stevens is an Australian-Balinese artist and researcher who works predominately within moving image and photography. Her practice is informed by ongoing concerns around gesture, ritual, spatial encounters and transculturation. Working within modes of representation that shift between the documentary and speculative fictions, her work deals with a notion of counter histories and alternative genealogies.
Miko Revereza (b. 1988. Manila, Philippines) is a filmmaker raised in California and currently residing between the Philippines and Mexico City. His upbringing as an undocumented immigrant in and current exile from the United States informs his relationship with moving images. DROGA! (2014), DISINTEGRATION 93-96 (2017), No data plan (2018) and Distancing (2019) have widely screened at festivals such as Locarno Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, NYFF Projections and Film Society of Lincoln Center's Art of the Real. Aside from these films, Revereza produces expanded cinema, direct animation, performance, criticism and publishing including works such as Biometrics (2018), Live Cinema (2019-2020) and Towards a Stateless Cinema (2019). His debut feature film, No Data Plan is recognized with such honors as the Sheffield Doc Fest Art Award and San Diego Asian Film Festival Emerging Filmmaker Award, as well as being listed in BFI Sight & Sound Magazine’s 50 Best Films of 2019, Hyperallergic’s Top 12 Documentary and Experimental Films of 2019 and CNN Philippines Best Filipino Films of 2019. Revereza is listed as Filmmaker Magazine’s 2018 25 New Faces of Independent Cinema, a 2019 Flaherty Seminar featured filmmaker and MFA graduate at Bard College Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts.
Amrita Hepi (b. 1989, Townsville of Bundjulung/Ngapuhi territories) is an award winning artist working with dance and choreography through video, the social function of performance spaces, installation and objects. Using hybridity and the extension of choreographic or performative practices, Hepi creates work that considers the body’s relationship to personal histories and the archive.
In 2020 Amrita is a Gertrude Contemporary artist in residence (2020 - 2022) and is currently working with Kaldor projects/Serpentine UK as a participating DOit artist. Also recently comissioned by ACCA to make Neighbour, and Art Gallery of NSW to make ~ CASS ~. In 2019 she was a commissioned artist for The National: New Australian art 2019 and the recipient of the dance web scholarship to be mentored by Anne Juren, Mette Ingvarsten and Annie Dorsen. In 2018 and again in 2020 she was the recipient of the people's choice award for the Keir Choreographic award andwas also named one of Forbes Asia 30 under 30. Amrita trained at NAISDA and Alvin Ailey NYC.
An artist with a broad following and reach, her work has taken various forms (film, performance, sculpture, text, lecture, participatory installation), but always begins with the body as a point of archive, memory, dance and resistance.
Josephine Mead is a visual artist, curator and writer based on Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri woi-wurrung Country. She works through photography, sculpture, installation and writing to explore personal notions of support. Her recent work has positioned female family members as support-structures, considered the body as a site of discursive practice, explored notions of deep listening, and examined the temporal and sonic nature of writing and photography. She has held solo exhibitions at c3 contemporary art space, TAB Gallery (Turkey), Bus Projects and the Monash and RMIT faculty galleries. She has shown work in group exhibitions at a wide range of venues, including Blindside, Stockroom, Craft Victoria, Stacks Projects, Counihan Gallery, Five Walls, St Heliers Street Gallery, Kings Artist Run, Seventh, Blue Oyster Space (New Zealand) and as part of the TOMI Arts Festival (Japan). In 2018 she undertook the Arquetopia Foundation Residency (Puebla, Mexico), the Kings Emerging Writer’s Program, the Macfarlane Fund Residency (Kyneton, Victoria) and was published by Art+Australia and un projects. In 2019 she was awarded a Career Development Grant through the Australia Council for the Arts to undertake the Tasarim Bakkali TAB Residency (Istanbul, Turkey) and the Córtex Frontal Residency (Arraiolos, Portugal). In 2020 she commenced the ZK/U Residency at Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik (Berlin, Germany). She is a current Room to Create studio artist at Collingwood Yards (supported by City of Yarra), is the Chair of Artistic Directors for Blindside, and runs Co- Publishing, with Christine McFetridge.