Wednesday 8 August 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Panel Discussion:Should I stay or should I go?
Return to Sender
What effect did the socio-political climate in Bjelke–Petersen's Queensland have on creativity? How do we interpret the stimulation that a more sympathetic cultural landscape had on creative practice, including the photography, performance art and writing produced in this period? Please join Carole Ferrier, and artists Ross Harley, Rosemary Laing and Fiona MacDonald to explore these thought provoking questions and have your say.
Professor Carole Ferrier (chair) came to Brisbane in 1972 when offered her first full-time teaching job in the Department of English (now the School of English, Media Studies and Art History) at The University of Queensland. She spent all her spare time for the next couple of decades organising and participating in the democratic rights movement – although it could not be said that the arrival of a State Labor government in 1989, replacing the National Party which had ruled Queensland since 1957, removed the need for any further protest. Now Professor of Literature and Women's Studies, she continues to teach and research in the areas of gender, race, class, sexuality and literature. Books include Gender, Politics and Fiction (1985/92); As Good As a Yarn With You (1994); Janet Frame: A Reader (1995); Jean Devanny: Romantic Revolutionary (1999) and, with Raymond Evans, Radical Brisbane: An Unruly History (2004). She has also edited the journal Hecate since 1975.
Ross Harley is an artist, writer, and educator in the field of new media and popular culture. In 1982, he completed his undergraduate studies at Griffith University, Brisbane, and in 1986 he curated Know Your Product at the Institute of Modern Art. Harley is a former editor of Art + Text and has written regular columns on design and popular culture for Rolling Stone and for The Australian newspaper. Harley's video work has been exhibited in exhibitions at the Pompidou Centre in Paris, New York MoMA, Ars Electronica in Austria, and at the Sydney Opera House, and in numerous international and Australian new media/video festivals. In 2003 a double DVD anthology of works from 1988-2002 entitled RRH Videoworks was published by Mediacompress, in association with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Harley lives and works in Sydney and is currently Head of the School of Media Arts at COFA, UNSW.
Rosemary Laing's photographs depict staged events that suspend belief and interventions into the landscape, both produced without digital manipulation. Her concept-based has been highly acclaimed in Australia and overseas. Born in Brisbane, Laing left for Sydney in 1980, where she has remained since. In 2005, The Museum of Contemporary Art held a survey of her work titled The Unquiet Landscapes of Rosemary Laing. Her work has been exhibited in group and solo shows in the United States, Europe and Asia, as well as being held in collections state-wide across Australia. The monograph Rosemary Laing, authored by Abigail Solomon-Godeau, was published in 2012 by Piper Press.
Fiona MacDonald works in a variety of mediums including photography, photo-collage, printmaking and painting. She has conducted archival research and made sculpture for public art projects such as the Customs House Sydney Public Art Project in 1998. Her concept for the Sea of Hands for Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation received praise as a powerful tool for reconciliation. She has exhibited in major exhibitions in Australia, and internationally in Tokyo, Paris, London, Washington DC, New York and Noumea. Her work is widely represented in Australian collections. MacDonald was born in Rockhampton in 1956, and she studied at the Queensland College of Art in the mid-1970s, followed by study in South Australia, and left Queensland in 1980. She currently lives and works in Ilford and Sydney.
Free. All welcome.
Refreshments served following the discussion.
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The exhibition Return to Sender, curated by Michele Helmrich, continues until 26 August. Find out more here.
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