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Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms

Artists: Penny Byrne Debris Facility Pty Ltd Erub Arts Catherine Bell Karen Black 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 Paul Yore

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.

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue featuring a curatorial introduction and three commissioned texts by David Cross, Jessica Bridgfoot and Amelia Winata.

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