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Perspectives: shaping the world through visual culture
Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, ACE Open and Guildhouse

Hear from some of the leading cultural minds of our time in Perspectives, an annual initiative, inviting artists, makers and cultural thinkers to reflect on some of the most compelling and current topics in contemporary culture.

Now in its second year, the partnership between The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, 
ACE Open and Guildhouse invites some of the world's leading cultural minds to Adelaide to deliver a series of thought-provoking lectures across 2020.

The first talk of the program will be led by New York-based artist Jes Fan, (Monday 16 March) with his lecture titled Leakages, Puddles, Discharge, Infections and Bubbles... Jes Fan’s trans-disciplinary practice emerges from a sustained inquiry into the concept of otherness.  Primarily working in the field of expanded sculpture, Fan navigates the slippery complexities of identity as guided by the tactile and material histories of his chosen media. Jes Fan will discuss his body of work developed over the past few years and, in particular, his recent participation in NIRIN, the 22nd Biennale of Sydney (2020).

National Gallery of Victoria’s recently-appointed Curator of Indigenous Art, Hannah Presley (date to be announced) will give a talk reflecting on her practice which focuses on the development of creative projects with artists around Australia in remote communities and major cites, learning about the techniques, history and community that inform their making to help guide her curatorial process.

Curator, writer and Arts/Fashion academic Alison Kubler (Thursday 3 September) has worked extensively across Australia on projects in public art, publishing, curatorial and fashion and is currently Editor of Vault magazine. Alison will present an informed exploration on the intersections between contemporary visual art and fashion.

David Capra (Thursday 12 November) will conclude the 2020 series articulating how his work promotes joy and hope through performance and participation. David is a multidisciplinary artist who is perhaps best known for his work inspired by his muse, dachshund Teena. David and Teena have a long-standing history of creating socially engaged projects that make the world feel a little less lonely. Their work traverses hopes, loves and fears; from a room-sized zig-zagging sculpture of Teena dealing with her bath anxiety (Teena’s Bathtime, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, 2015) to a big floral Teena fashioned from people’s messages of love and happiness (Puppy Love, Kaldor Public Art Projects, Art Gallery NSW, 2019).

JES FAN
LEAKAGES, PUDDLES, DISCHARGE, INFECTIONS AND BUBBLES...
MONDAY 16 MARCH, 6PM - 7.15PM
ALLAN SCOTT AUDITORIUM

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Hawke Building - UniSA City West Campus, 55 North Terrace, Adelaide, MAP

Jes Fan.pngSpeculating on the fraught intersection between biology and identity, Jes Fan’s trans-disciplinary practice emerges from a sustained inquiry into the concept of otherness. Primarily working in the field of expanded sculpture, Fan navigates the slippery complexities of identity as guided by the tactile and material histories of his chosen media.

In Fan’s work, he incorporates materials imbued with erotic and queer signifiers, such as silicone, soap and glass, as well as biological substances such as estrogen, testosterone and melanin.

JES FAN, ARTIST

Jes Fan.pngJes Fan is a Brooklyn-based artist born in Canada and raised in Hong Kong. He is the recipient of various fellowships such as the Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant, Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship, Van Lier Fellowship at Museum of Arts and Design and John A. Chironna Memorial Award at RISD.

Fan has exhibited internationally; selected exhibitions include Kiss My Genders at Hayward Gallery (London/UK), Mother is a Woman at Empty Gallery (Hong Kong), An Opera for Animals at Rockbund Museum (Shanghai/CN), In Search of Miss Ruthless, Para Site, (Hong Kong), Paradox: Haptic Body in the Age of AI at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh/US), and Disposed to Add at Vox Populi Gallery (Philadelphia/US).

Fan's work has been featured and reviewed by Artforum, Hyperallergic, Art21, AsiaArtPacific, BOMB, Frieze, and others. In 2020, Fan will be participating in the Biennale of Sydney and the Liverpool Biennale. 


More Information
Website: Jes Fan
Selected Press
YouTube: Jes Fan In Flux, Art21 "New York Close Up"
Frieze Article The Miracle of Creation: Jes Fan and the Craft of Engineering Kinship

Image credits: Artwork, Jes Fan

Jes Fan Artwork

Image credits: Above: Artwork by Jes Fan, LEFT: Visisble Woman (2018), MIDDLE: Poke, Animacy Arrangement (2017), RIGHT: Diagram I

       

Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, ACE Open, Guildhouse

While the views presented by speakers within The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre public program are their own and are not necessarily those of either the University of South Australia, or The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, they are presented in the interest of open debate and discussion in the community and reflect our themes of: Strengthening our Democracy - Valuing our Diversity - Building our Future.

The copying and reproduction of any transcripts within The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre public program is strictly forbidden without prior arrangements.