Panel: Situating practice BOOKED OUT
A conversation about art and Australian identity
On the opening day of The National 2017: new Australian art, this panel discussion examines the ways in which Australian contemporary art speaks to experiences of place and how this might challenge dominant narratives about history and identity.
With a focus on art that engages with social change, politics, history, the environment and cultural difference, we reflect on how these practices challenge rigid concepts of nationhood and make us think about the idea of progress.
Panellists include exhibiting artists Agatha Gothe-Snape (whose work is on display at the MCA) and Tom Nicholson (on display at the Gallery) as well as Helen Hughes and Daniel Browning, who contributed to the exhibition catalogue. Moderated by exhibition co-curator Anneke Jaspers.
About the speakers
Anneke Jaspers is co-curator of The National and curator of contemporary art at the Art Gallery of NSW.
Daniel Browning is an Aboriginal journalist, radio broadcaster and freelance arts writer. A descendant of the Bundjalung and Kullilli peoples of far northern New South Wales and south-western Queensland, he produces and presents Awaye!, the Indigenous culture program on ABC RN.
Agatha Gothe-Snape is a Sydney-based artist whose diverse practice encompasses performance, text, visual scores and installation. Through her work, she considers the ways in which making and looking at art can articulate relationships between the individual, society and history. For The National, Agatha will create a new film work over the next five years that documents the social context in which the exhibition unfolds, to be presented in 2021.
Helen Hughes is research curator at Monash University Museum of Art and assistant lecturer in art history and curatorial practice at Monash University’s Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture in Melbourne. She co-founded and co-edits the contemporary art journal Discipline and is a co-editor of the peer-reviewed online art history journal EMAJ.
Tom Nicholson is a Melbourne-based artist who works with historical material to explore the possibilities of new kinds of monuments. He has made a number of works that examine Australia’s colonial history in relation to the histories and realities of other places. For The National, Tom presents Comparative monument (Shellal) 2014–16, which draws on the complex history of the sixth-century Shellal Mosaic, now in the Australian War Memorial collection.
Image: Tom Nicholson Comparative monument (Shellal) 2014-16 (detail), installation view, The Jerusalem Show VIII, Qalandiya International Palestine, 2016. Courtesy the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane © the artist