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Clay Foundations: Can ceramics explore a national identity?
Join artists exhibiting in 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art's touring project Drawn by stones - Dr Wen-Hsi Harman, Ruth Ju-Shih Li, Jody Rallah - along with exhibition curator Bridie Moran, Professor Yu-cheih Li of the Department of Visual Studies, Lingnan University, Hong Kong, and moderator UNSW Art & Design's Professor Paul Gladston, to discuss how clay can be a means of connecting to culture, land and identity - and challenging these concepts.

From July - September 2021, Drawn by stones is being staged at Counihan Gallery, Brunswick on sovereign Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung land. The exhibition brings together artists who utilise the ceramic medium to interrogate contested histories, stolen land, Indigenous sovereignty, and concepts of national identity. Exhibiting artists from Australia, Hong Kong and Taiwan investigate the creation of a sense of ‘nationhood’ and ownership through ceramics and demonstrate how the ceramic form can both memorialise and tell alternative histories. Using the works within the Drawn by stones exhibition as an entry point into this dialogue, speakers will explore a range of ideas and relate their own experiences in the practice and consideration of ceramic tradition, materials and objects.

4A’s talks series invites presenters to rethink, recharge and reimagine contemporary issues through the arts, academia, journalism and related fields. Presented in partnership with UNSW Art & Design and Counihan Gallery, Brunswick, this special edition of 4A Talks allows 4A to include the voices of researchers in our artistic dialogue; and with exhibition partner Counihan Gallery, we are pleased to digitally connect with Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung lands through a Welcome to Country, and introduction from Gallery Curator Victor Griss for this special event.

Sep 1, 2021 06:30 PM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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