Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms presents the work of 18 contemporary Australian artists who utilise craft based materialities with a political intent. Broadening our understanding of craft-making traditions, the artists in this exhibition subvert and extend these forms into the realm of activism and social change, reflecting on the world in which we live. While some respond directly to artistic or political movements, others encourage social connection between community members or require participatory activation through collective processes. Drawing on a long historical lineage, Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms enables viewers to rethink craft in a new light.
Artists: Catherine Bell, Karen Black, Penny Byrne, Erub Arts, Debris Facility, Starlie Geikie, Michelle Hamer, Kate Just, Deborah Kelly, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Raquel Ormella, Kate Rohde, Slow Art Collective, Tai Snaith, Hiromi Tango, James Tylor, Jemima Wyman and Paul Yore.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, as well as receiving development assistance from NETS Victoria’s Exhibition Development Fund, supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.
Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms is a NETS Victoria and SAM touring exhibition. Curated by Anna Briers and Rebecca Coates.
Jemima Wyman Propoganda textiles - Washington, DC, Million Mask March, 5th November 2013 (detail) 2016-17
custom made fabric book: Silky Faille, Cream United States of America 11-13, edition of 6 + 2AP
40.5 x 45.5 x 2.5cm
© the artist, courtesy the artist and Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney / Singapore and Milani Gallery, Brisbane